Kingston University library buildings are open for all our learners and the wider community.
Please note: to help manage building capacity, from Monday 15 April until Sunday 2 June 2024 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 12 June 2023 to 14 April 2024, 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.
As a reference-only visitor, you can access print resources, for example, books, journals and use study spaces in the library abiding by the library policies, agreements and regulations.
Students from schools and colleges are welcome but those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, see our library services for visitors page.
We do not offer any print or copy services to visitors or external library members.
We cannot offer access to computing facilities or e-resources to external library members.
Kingston University provides wireless internet access to visitors. For more details view our Information and Technology Services WiFi page.
Most items are loaned for seven days or four weeks. Seven-day items have a red label above the shelf-mark.
Provided items have not been requested, the loan will automatically renew. We will email you if an item cannot be renewed and must be returned.
You can borrow items using the self-service machines – you will need your ID card and your library PIN.
You can borrow items from any of the four libraries.
Most items can be returned at any of the libraries (not just the one where you borrowed the item from). Only desk loan items must be returned to the help desk in the library they were borrowed from.
You should return other items using the self-service machines in the libraries, or the 'book drop box' near the entrance to each library when the libraries are closed.
If you cannot come in to the University you can return items by post – please send postal returns by recorded delivery, but also be aware that you are responsible for the item until it is received by the library. Find the library addresses.