Library Services

Using other libraries

The University Library has joined several national and local schemes which together provide you with access to a wide selection of libraries. Some of the schemes give access for reference purposes only whilst others allow you to borrow material. Please use the links below to see which of the schemes you can use.

Please note that users must have clear accounts with their home libraries, i.e. not have outstanding fines, charges or overdue items before they can be considered for membership in the following schemes

Each scheme offers different borrowing privileges; if you are unsure which scheme most suits your needs then please contact the library.

Sconul AccessSconul Access is a co-operative venture between most of the higher education libraries of the UK and Ireland. Click on the Sconul icon to see if you are eligible. 


Invicta Access schemeThe Invicta borrowing scheme is a collaborative scheme set up by the Drill Hall library at Medway and the Canterbury Christ Church University libraries. Click on the Invicta icon to see if you are eligible. 

Also available:

The British Library welcomes anyone who wishes to use their research collections. To use the London Reading Rooms you must apply for a Reader Pass. Please note that the British Library is reference only access. Check their website for further information. 

Canterbury Circle of Libraries has been set up as a co-operative group of academic and public libraries within Canterbury and the surrounding area. This scheme is available for both staff and students. 

Search25 is funded by the M25 Consortium. The M25 Consortium has over 100 academic library members that are based around the M25 motorway area. This borrowing scheme is for academic staff, research staff and MPhil/PhD students only. 

University of Kent - Templeman Library is only available through the Sconul Access scheme, please click on the Sconul icon above or check the Templeman library's website.