Library borrower membership

We offer a range of membership categories, depending on who you are and how long you want to be a member.

All visitors can use the Templeman Library's collections in the building. If you want to borrow items, apply for borrower membership.

About borrower membership

With borrower membership you can borrow 7 day loan items from the Templeman Library (the majority of our collection) and some Drill Hall Library items. 

It doesn't allow access to:

  • journals  / periodicals, or
  • online resources due to licensing restrictions. 

Who can apply

Anyone except current Kent students and staff can apply for borrower membership. (Current students and staff have library membership by default.)

How to apply

Documents you'll need

Proof of your name, address and date of birth, which may include photo ID.

Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • passport
  • birth certificate
  • driving licence
  • ID card
  • recent (6 months) utility bill, council tax bill, or bank statement

Types of membership

Fill in the appropriate online application form from one of the options below. We'll process your application as quickly as possible and send you a link to pay for your membership.

If you're not sure which category to choose, please contact us.

Member of public

  • 12-month membership:
    • 5 books at a time: £81
    • 10 books at a time: £135
  • 3-month membership: 
    • 5 books at a time: £34
    • 10 books at a time: £48

University of Kent retired staff

To obtain this membership, your reason for leaving Kent must be "retirement".

  • 3-year membership (36 months)
  • 10 books at a time 
  • Free of charge

Associate of the University

Contact us to check if you're eligible.

phone: 01227 82 4777

  • 12-month membership
  • 10 books at a time 
  • Free of charge

University of Kent alumnus / former staff member

  • 3-year membership (36 months)
  • 10 books at a time 
  • Price: £34

Schools and colleges

If you are 16 or older and in full-time education at a school or college in Kent, you can get up to two years' free membership of the Templeman Library.

  • Number of books (at one time): 5
  • Membership period: expires 31 October each year
  • Price: free

Full information on schools and colleges membership


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