Special Collections & Archives



Reading room open to researchers

The reading room is open as usual - but please give as much notice as possible if you would like to view Special Collections & Archives material.

Why? We are moving our collections back to the Templeman Library following major building work. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Please contact us if you have any queries: email specialcollections@kent.ac.uk or phone 01227 82 3127

Access and opening hours

Anyone is welcome to visit Special Collections & Archives, but an appointment is necessary to view material. Feel free to drop in and talk to us if you want to know more or have any queries.

Opening Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 09.30 – 16.30

Please submit your request for material at least two working days before you wish to visit. Collections take place at 09:00 and 16:00 Monday-Friday.

From time to time it may be necessary to close the reading room for teaching purposes. Please check the Library news for the latest information.

See also Templeman Library opening hours.

Requesting material to consult

Please give us two working days' notice of your visit to enable staff to retrieve the items. Materials requested on a Friday will be available by the following Tuesday. We will contact you to confirm the time of your appointment. You can request material online.

Special Collections & Archives material can only be accessed in our reading room and is not available for borrowing.

Group teaching facilities

Seminars for groups of up to 20 people can be arranged in the reading room, and material from our collections can be made available to support them. Please give as much notice as possible to ensure the room is available, and provide details of the material required.

Take a look at our Teaching Support pages for more information.

Contact us

To make an appointment or if you have an enquiry:


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Last Updated: 10/04/2018