Using other libraries: SCONUL Access and other options
If you aren't based within travelling distance of Canterbury, or if the material you need isn't held at the Templeman Library, you may want to use another library closer to your home, or one that has the specialist material you need.
When you visit other libraries, contact them in advance or check their websites for opening times and what identification you need. You should also check their catalogues.
You may be able to request material from other libraries through our document delivery service.
SCONUL Access: visiting other academic libraries
The University of Kent is a member of the SCONUL Access scheme. This gives our students and staff borrowing rights or reference access at participating Higher Education libraries in the UK and Ireland.
Who can apply
All Kent students and staff. You must have no outstanding fines or overdue books.
What access rights you'll have
The access and borrowing rights you'll get depend on your academic status. Not all SCONUL libraries offer borrowing rights.
Full-time undergraduates won't be able to borrow from other SCONUL libraries.
Once you've applied
- We'll process your application, usually within three working days. We'll check that you are registered at Kent and have no outstanding fines or problems.
- Once your application is approved we'll send you a confirmation email.
- Take a printed copy of the confirmation and your KentOne card to any SCONUL libraries you want to join.
If you're from another university
If you're from another uni and want to use the Templeman Library under the SCONUL Access scheme see SCONUL Access for academic visitors
Other key libraries
These important libraries are within easy reach of Kent:
- The British Library: follow the Reader Registration link to find out how to apply for a reader pass (includes video guides)
- Canterbury Cathedral Library: as a Kent student or staff member you have access to the Cathedral's archives and printed books. You can search the Cathedral Library's holdings using LibrarySearch.
Important library catalogues
- COPAC (for books): a union catalogue which allows you to search the holdings of over 70 UK and Irish academic, national and specialist libraries, including the British Library, at the same time
- SUNCAT (for journals): a union catalogue that enables researchers to find out which UK libraries hold journals, periodicals, newspapers, newsletters, magazines, annual reports and other regular publications. Help and support for using SUNCAT is also available
- Library of Congress (USA) and its Catalogues: the national library catalogue of the United States, which includes the largest rare book collection in North America and the world's largest collection of legal materials, films, maps, sheet music and sound recordings
- WorldCat: covers over 70,000 library catalogues worldwide