The Templeman Library is open to all. The range of services for visitors is outlined below.

The Templeman Library is now open for visitors. We can also accept new applications for Templeman Library borrower membership.

In line with Government guidance, we recommend you continue to wear a face covering inside the Library.       

Opening times and access

During the Summer Vacation, the Templeman Library is open to visitors between 09:00 and 18:00. We look forward to meeting you when you visit.

To use the Library you need a valid library membership (KentOne) card, a visitor card or day card, available from the Welcome Desk. 

Templeman Library opening times
People on informal seating and using reading desks in the Templeman Library

Using books and resources

You're welcome to browse and read the Templeman Library's collections, but please follow our safety guidelines

We have some select digital resources you can access on our dedicated visitor PC.

Increasingly, academic works are published Open Access, which means they are free to use and share. Follow our advice on how to find legitimate Open Access versions of scholarly articles and books.  


We have a range of Templeman Library borrower membership options for you to choose from, depending on how many books you want to borrow and how long you want to be a member. Depending on your circumstances, it could be free!

The SCONUL Access scheme for academic visitors remains suspended for the time being by SCONUL. If you are normally eligible for SCONUL Access we can only offer you one of our generic memberships at the moment.

Templeman Library borrower membership

Visitor card

If you're a regular visitor to the Templeman Library but you don't want borrower membership, get a visitor card, which allows you to easily swipe in and out at all library entrances

It's valid for one year and you can renew it.

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 that will give you access to the library and allow you to print from the visitor PC

You need to:

  • be 18 or older
  • bring photo ID with you.

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. If you wish to view material, please email specialcollections@kent.ac.uk. Staff are still working remotely but will provide support wherever possible.

Free Wi-Fi

If you want to get online with your own laptop or device, you can use the free Wi-Fi on campus:

Visitor PC

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:

Kent IT Accounts for academic and overnight visitors

Kent IT Account for academic visitors, conference guests and those staying overnight on campus provides the following services:


Find out all the ways you can get in touch:

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