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Using the Kingston University library

Current library services

Kingston University library buildings are now available to all Kingston University Students and staff on a reduced capacity basis. We hope to restore access for all our learners and the wider community in the future and will share further details as soon as these become available. Please remember it is mandatory to wear a mask in all library buildings.

Opening hours are subject to change at short notice in response to local or national Government restrictions.

Our library staff are operating the Ask a Librarian live chat facility and offering appointments over Teams to continue to support students with their course work. 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

Our members can print, copy and scan 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.

Contact details

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