Opening times and access
The Templeman Library is open to visitors between 08:00 and 21:00. We look forward to meeting you when you visit.
The Library has card-activated gates. Please come through the Main Entrance and ask staff to let you through. If you're a regular visitor, consider getting a visitor card.
Using books and resources
You're welcome to browse and read the Templeman Library's collections.
We have some select digital resources you can access on our dedicated visitor PC.
Academic visitors: if you belong to another Higher Education Institution you may be able to borrow from the Templeman Library via the SCONUL Access scheme. Check with your own institution's library for information on access to other libraries.
If the SCONUL scheme is not relevant to you, you could choose one of our Templeman Library borrower membership options. Depending on your circumstances, it could be free!
If you are a regular visitor to the Templeman Library but you don't want borrower membership, we recommend you apply for a visitor card.
It's valid for one year and you can renew it.
With a visitor card you can:
- easily swipe in and out at all library entrances
- print from the visitor PC and photocopy for a small charge: you need to buy credits from Welcome Desk (we only accept card payments)
- scan documents - it's free.
To get your card
Visit the Welcome Desk near the Templeman Library Main Entrance and ask for a visitor card. We will create a card for you and give you the username and password you need for printing.
You need to bring photo ID with you (which all visitors need to carry when in the library).
Special Collections and Archives
Our Special Collections and Archives hold unique collections on a wide range of subjects, including rare books, political cartoons, theatre, stand-up comedy, wind and water mills, the history of science and Kent local history.
Anyone is welcome to access the collections – make an appointment to view material.
Members of the public can use the visitor PC near the IT & Library Support Desk in Block C, Floor 1 in the Templeman Library to:
- use the internet
- use Microsoft Office
- access a selection of electronic resources.
If you have your own laptop and just want to get online, you can use the free Wi-Fi on campus:
How to get access
To use the visitor PC, ask at the IT & Library Support Desk. You will have to show photo ID and fill in a form with some personal details to register.
Once you've registered, we will log you into the PC and a web browser will be available for you to use.
If you want to access any of these electronic resources, please tell us.
When the PC is available
You can use the PC during IT & Library Support Desk staffed hours in the Templeman Library for a minimum of 30 minutes.
If another visitor is waiting to use the PC, we may ask you to finish your session at the end of the 30 minute period.
Saving and printing
The PC has a USB port, so you can save material to a memory stick. You can also print for a small charge - you need to buy credits from Welcome Desk.
Conditions of use
Printing, copying, scanning
You'll need to buy print credits from the Templeman Library Welcome Desk to pay for photocopying and printing; scanning is free.
If you have a Kent IT Account, you can also print from student PCs across campus.
Kent IT Accounts for visitors
Other Library facilities
The Library Café on Block B, Ground Floor, is a relaxed social space with plenty of room to study and work together. Refreshments are also available.
The Templeman Gallery showcases different exhibitions throughout the year, including material curated by Special Collections & Archives. These exhibitions are open to the public and free.
Comfortable reading spaces with a variety of furniture are available all around the library. Many spaces have sockets to charge your devices or plug in your own laptop.
Find out all the ways you can get in touch.