Welcome to the Drill Hall Library!

The Drill Hall Library’s Quiet and Silent Zones have had a fresh new look over this summer. A new layout, updated shelving and a colourful modular furniture creates a vibrant environment for studying.

Most of the library’s study spaces are open as normal but we encourage all our users to wear a face covering if you are able to and be considerate of others as we are all getting back to normal at different speeds. For anyone who is not quite ready yet, we have kept both our mezzanine levels, located above the foyer and silent zone, as socially distanced study spaces.

We look forward to welcome all new and continuing students at the Medway Welcome Fair on 22nd September 2021. 11am – 3pm.
Meet our friendly team at the Beach-themed Hut outside the library building and pick up free Welcome Gifts by spinning the Wheel of Fortune; including free ice cream to enjoy under our bright yellow parasols and cheerful bunting. Get a spin for each follow on our social media channels.

All Freshers are invited to take part in the welcome activity to find all the key places in the library and find out about our services by trying our Self-Guided Tour.

From Monday 13 September the Drill Hall Library will be increasing our opening hours for the new term.
Mon – Fri: 8am – Midnight
Weekends: 9am – Midnight

Library in house Service Desks
Library Helpdesk will be available Mon – Sun: 10am – 4pm
Library Reception desk will be available during all opening hours

The Archibald Hay Mess Café is now open
Grab a bite to eat while you study or relax with a hot drink, a range of sandwiches, salads and snacks.

The serviced hours are:
Monday – Fri: 9am – 5pm

Please note that no food is permitted in the Quiet and Silent Zones of the library, and we ask you to consume all hot food in the cafe area.

Online support for IT, academic support and general enquiries is also available:

Mon – Sun 9am – 5pm by using the chat service icon on the library PCs.

Users can also contact us on DHLhelp@medway.ac.uk and we will respond to your query within 24 working hours.

We now also offer External Memberships
To apply please see the Drill Hall Library Membership schemes page for details of what you will need.
For SCONUL members, please visit the SCONUL website for updates on when this service will be available to you.

Along with the uplift of the library’s Quiet and Silent study zones, our training rooms have also been updated this summer with new equipment which will be ready for the start of term. There is also wireless presenting available in all teaching rooms.

Coming soon!

Loanable laptops: borrow a laptop with a staff or student ID card to use on the same day or three days.

Digital Learning Lab: exciting new facility to try innovative technologies such as 3D printing, robot arms, VR and AR.

Family Room: a bookable family-friendly study space for student-parents and their children.

Email DHLhelp@medway.ac.uk or check for further updates on the Drill Hall Library website.

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