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Facilities in our libraries

This information about the facilities available in our libraries is for special members and visitors. Current students will find information about computers, seminar rooms and graduate centres on My Kingston.

Copying and scanning

The multi-function devices (MFDs) in the libraries offer photocopying and scanning to visitors. Visitors can borrow a photocopy card from the library helpdesk for black-and-white or colour copying and scanning.

Photocopying and scanning costs

Standard prices

Paper sizeMonoColour

A4 Single

3p

20p

A4 Duplex

4p

34p

A3 Single

6p

30p

A3 Duplex

8p

54p

Scanning Free Free

Wide-format prices

Paper sizeColour

A0

£8.00

A1

£4.00

A2

£2.00

Study zones

There are different zones within our libraries so you can choose an area to suit the way you study.

Different students have different preferences for their study environment; some like to have a little background noise, others require complete silence in order to concentrate on their work.

Please choose your study area carefully so that you do not disturb others. All zones (Group Study, Whispered Study and Silent Study) are clearly marked with signs.

Watching DVDs and videos

There is an extensive cinema collection at Penrhyn Road Centre Library and the Dame Elizabeth Esteve-Coll Centre Library. You can watch DVDs on computers in the library or borrow them to watch at home. A few films are still available on video cassette only and a viewing station is available for watching these. Please note that we do not lend headphones, however some PCs are equipped with them..

Films based on a work of literature are shelved with the literature so it is always a good idea to check on iCat first or ask a member of staff for help if you are not sure.

All DVDs are in locked cases and you need to unlock these before you can watch the DVD. Borrow the DVD from one of the self-service machines (even if you are going to watch the DVD in the library) and then swipe the case on the DVD unlocker located just outside the library entrance to unlock the case. There are stickers on the DVD cases and posters in the libraries to make this easier for you, or please ask a member of staff for help.

Listening to music

Most windows PCs in the libraries can play CDs. Some PCs in the library are equipped with headphones, however you may wish to bring your own to better flexibility. There is also a record player on the first floor of the Nightingale Centre Library which can play records from our vinyl record collection.

For music work, we have a selection of Music Macs on the first floor of the Nightingale Centre Library. Headphones for the Music Macs can be borrowed from the library helpdesk on the ground floor.​

Preparation areas

In each library, we provide self-service areas for preparing and presenting work. You can:

  • bind your work using a comb or a thermal binder;
  • enclose sheets of paper in plastic using a laminator; and
  • use a range of other stationery items.

You can purchase the necessary binding materials, laminating pouches and other materials from the helpdesk.

View the list of items for sale (PDF).

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