Borrow, reserve, renew



Borrowing from the Templeman Library

How to borrow

You need your KentOne card to borrow from the library.

Use a Borrow & Renew machine, available throughout the building for self-service borrowing, or ask for help at the IT & Library Support Desk.

Borrowing works the same during vacations as in term time.

What you can borrow

Current students and staff: 40 items in any format (books, multimedia, journals, ...).

Visitors, alumni and former staff: you can apply for borrower membership - prices and number of items vary.

Students and staff from other universities: you can apply for SCONUL access.

Loan periods

We have:

  • 7 day loans: most items, including journals and document delivery books
  • 3 day loans: high demand and multimedia items
  • 1 day loans: laptops and headphones for use in the library
  • reference items: you can only use these in the library.

7 day loans and 3 day loans will be automatically renewed until someone else reserves them or you return them. Document delivery books will be automatically renewed up to 5 times.

If you need a book and all copies are on loan

We encourage you to reserve it! In most cases, you'll be able to get a copy within a week.

If a book you need is in another collection

If your item is in the Reserve Collection, or at the Drill Hall or the Tonbridge Centre Library, use the Place Reservation button to request it.

If the item is a Canterbury or Rochester Cathedral Library, click Request a cathedral item at the top right of the LibrarySearch screen. You can only view these items at the relevant cathedral and will need to make an appointment.

Manage your loans, return dates and fines online

You should regularly log into your library account (through LibrarySearch) to keep an eye on your loans.

If someone else reserves an item you have on loan we'll also email you to let you know. If this happens you must return the item on time, or you'll get a fine.


We only fine you if you:

  • don't return a book in time that someone has reserved
  • don't return a document delivery book by the final due date
  • lose or damage a book.

Find out more about fines.

How to return books

Take your books to the return machine in the Templeman Library, Block C, Ground Floor. More return options.



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Last Updated: 19/03/2018