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Borrowing from the library

Kingston University library buildings are now available for all our learners and the wider community. Please remember it is strongly recommended to wear a mask in all library buildings. We also encourage you to check-in using the NHS Test and Trace service by scanning the QR code you will find at the entrance to all libraries.

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

Members of the public and visitors who are not in higher education are welcome to make use of the library service on a reference-only basis for free.

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 under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

If you would like to be able to borrow print items, you will need to purchase membership rights.

Kingston University provides wireless internet access to visitors. For more details view our Information and Technology Services WiFi page.

How many items can I borrow?

  • Associate college students: the number of items you can borrow depends on our agreement with your college. Please contact your course administrator for further details.
  • SCONUL Access visitors who can borrow: if you have been issued with a SCONUL Access card by your home institution, this allows you to borrow four items. *Currently not available*.
  • If you have purchased membership:
    • Individuals and alumni can borrow four items at one time.
    • Corporate members can borrow up to 15 items on one company ticket at any one time or nominate four members of staff to borrow up to four items each on separate ID cards.
  • If you are a current student or member of staff: you may borrow up to 15 items at a time. Education students can borrow an additional 15 teaching resources. Music students can borrow an additional 10 scores. Further information can be found on My Kingston or StaffSpace.

How long can I borrow items for?

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.

How do I borrow items?

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.

Where do I return items?

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.

Unfortunately, we are unable to deal with items borrowed from St George's, University of London library.

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