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Using the Kingston University library service

Current library services

Kingston University library buildings are open for all our learners and the wider community.

Please note, to help manage building capacity from Monday 24 April until Sunday 11 June 2023 – only Kingston University students, staff or invited guests are allowed to use our study desks / study areas. Visitors are welcome to view our buildings and use our cafes but not use study areas.

From 1 August 2022 to 23 April 2023 & 12 June 2023 to 31 December 2023 – Designated study spaces (limited capacity) will be available to visitors. For more information, see our library services for visitors page.

Face coverings are a personal choice when in any library building.

An Information Centre service operates at all Kingston University Libraries. Both Information Centre and specialist library staff offer a variety of channels to support students with their studies or support needs. Students can click on the 'Chat now' box on iCat to access this support.

Students and staff can also log in to My Kingston to access a range of library services, including our extensive e-book and e-journal collections available through the iCat library catalogue. To learn more about the services we offer, you can enrol on the library module on Canvas.

iCat: online library catalogue

Kingston University's online library catalogue is called iCat. You can use it to access your library account to renew and request items.

Borrowing from the library

You can borrow items from the library using the self-service machines in the libraries. The number of items you can borrow depends on your membership.

Renewing items from library

Items can be renewed online via the iCat online library catalogue or in person at the self-service machines in the libraries.

Your library account

Your online library account allows you to see when your books are due back and when items you have requested are ready to collect.

Placing hold requests on library items

You can place hold requests on items that you cannot find on the shelf or are at other campuses or where all copies are out on loan.

Library fine rates

We send out a courtesy reminder by email one day before an item is due so that you have a chance to avoid paying fines on the item.

Facilities in our libraries

Only Kingston University staff and students can print, copy and scan using MFDs in our libraries. We also have study zones to suit the way you wish to study.

Library opening hours

Our libraries are open to fit around your study needs.

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