Library services for new academic staff

Hello and welcome to Kent! We look forward to working with you and supporting your teaching and research at the University. Here's a quick overview of services to get you up and running quickly.

Your academic liaison team

Your key contacts in the Templeman Library are your Academic Liaison Librarian and your Faculty Library Assistant. Contact your Academic Liaison team:

  • for an introduction to the resources in your discipline
  • for information about the reading list system, and ordering books and other material for teaching
  • to discuss ordering material for your research
  • to arrange induction and library training for your students.

The Drill Hall Library has its own team of Academic Support Librarians.

Library representatives

Each School has an academic library representative, who works closely with us and acts as a link between your School and the Library.

Research support

When you arrive

We'll help you update your academic profile. We will:

Throughout your time at Kent

Our research support team can help you:

  • complete your funding application  
  • compile a data management plan
  • make your publications Open Access
  • meet funder requirements.

See the full range of services we can help you with.

Teaching support

We have a range of teaching support services to help you source and organise learning resources for your students. Find out how to:

  • use readinglists@kent, the University's reading list system (powered by Talis Aspire software)
  • order books for teaching modules
  • digital scans and copyright
  • use Special Collections & Archives material in teaching

Finding library resources


LibrarySearch is the University's resource discovery system. Use it to find physical library resources, e-books, journal articles, Special Collections & Archives material, and the content of many of our subscribed databases and other digital resources.

A-Z of e-resources

Not everything we subscribe to is available in LibrarySearch. Or you may prefer to search some e-resources or databases through their native interfaces. You can browse and access all our digital resources directly though the A-Z of e-resources.

Special Collections and Archives

Our Special Collections and Archives hold over 150 unique and distinctive collections, with particular strength in theatre, stand-up comedy, political cartoons, wind and watermills, the history of the University and the local area, plus collections of 20th century prose and poetry first editions.

If material isn't at Kent

If you need material that isn't available at the Templeman, Drill Hall, or Tonbridge Centre Library you can:


Find out all the ways you can get in touch.

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