Library services for visitors and alumni



Borrower membership

You can apply for borrower membership if you are undertaking private research and are not eligible for SCONUL Access to the Templeman Library.

We offer a range of membership categories, depending on your personal status and how long you want to be a member.

You'll be able to borrow 7 day loans (the majority of our collection), but not 3 day loans, multimedia material or journals.You will also be able to borrow some items from the Drill Hall Library or have them brought to the Templeman Library for you to pick up.

How do I apply and how much does it cost?

If you're not sure which category to choose, please contact us. Follow the links below to register or to renew your membership.

Documents you need when you join

We'll need to see proof of: your name, address, date of birth, which must include photo ID.

Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • passport
  • birth certificate
  • driving licence
  • ID card
  • recent (6 months) utility bill, council tax bill, or bank statement

If you apply in person, please bring them with you to the Welcome Desk, where we will also take your payment (by credit/debit card only).

If you apply online, we'll contact you to ask for a passport photo for your membership card. You'll need to bring ID (see above) when you come to the Welcome Desk to collect your membership pack.


Contact us

Visit the IT & Library Support Desk, Block C, Floor 1, Templeman Library


Phone 01227 82 4777

Write to
Welcome Desk
Templeman Library
University of Kent Canterbury
Kent, CT2 7NU

Category Number of books Membership period Price (incl. VAT) Apply or renew
University of Kent alumnus / Former staff member 10 36 months £30
Member of public 10 12 months £120
10 3 months £42
5 12 months £72
5 3 months £30
Schools and colleges - for people 16 or older and in full-time education at a school or college in Kent 5 expires in September each year free
Staff / students from other Higher Education institutions in the UK and Ireland
(except full-time undergraduates, who can only get reference access)
5 until the end of the course (maximum 3 years) free
University of Kent retired staff
(your reason for leaving Kent must be "retirement")
10 36 months free
Associate of the University
(contact us to check if you're eligible: email or phone 01227 82 4777)
10 12 months free


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Last Updated: 21/08/2019