Visitors are welcome in our libraries. While the main function of the Library is to serve members of the University, we are proud to provide our community access and act as a point of reference for educational providers within the region.

Due to restrictions currently in place for the Coronavirus, we are unable to give access to visitors, including external borrowers and members of the SCONUL Access Scheme at this time.

Public lectures, evening classes and other official events have been cancelled until further notice.

Services available to visitors

  • Access to library printed material and newspapers with no borrowing rights. It may be helpful to use LibrarySearch to find out what material is in stock at each of our libraries and which would be most helpful to visit.
  • Due to licensing restrictions, we can't make subscription digital resources available, except those provided on the dedicated visitor PC in Augustine House.
  • Dedicated visitor PC to access Internet, OpenOffice packages and a range of online resources. (The visitor PC is only available at Augustine House).
  • CCCU guest WiFi or eduroam (for visitors from other universities who use this service).
  • Café or vending machines.
  • Access to study space (except for the Group Study Rooms).


First time visitors must register at Reception. You will be asked to complete a Registration form. Visitors under the age of 16 must have their Registration form countersigned by their parent/guardian/school.

Once registered, you will be provided with a ‘Find your way around’ leaflet with a map of the building, information about services available and Heath & Safety advice.

In registering as a visitor, you accept the Library regulations, the Code of Conduct and other university policies that impact on the safety and wellbeing of all users of the University facilities. If these are breached we have the right to suspend or revoke your visitor status.

Students and staff from other Higher Education Institutions 

You may be able to access the Library under the SCONUL Access scheme. Please check the SCONUL website for further information. You will need to bring a copy of your confirmation e-mail from SCONUL, along with your ID card or library card from your home institution.

External membership 

This is available to members of the public who are not otherwise entitled to a library account. For more information, please see our external library membership page.

Group Visits

School and Further Education groups can request a visit between November and March or between June and August. Please complete a group visit request form at least one month before your proposed visit. So we have enough time to make arrangements.

For enquiries about visits from other groups or organisations, please email We can then arrange something to meet your needs and interests.

Visitor PC (Augustine House only)

Members of the public can use the internet and access the OpenOffice packages via the visitor PCs on the Ground Floor of Augustine House.  

If you have your own laptop and just want to get online, using free WiFi may better meet your needs:

  • eduroam for academic visitors or those with a Canterbury Christ Church Universty IT account. Connect to eduroam.
  • CCCU guest WiFi - Connect to guest WiFi.

If you would like to use the visitor PC, ask a member of staff on the Library Point on the Ground Floor in Augustine House. You will have to fill in a form with some personal details to register.

Once you have registered, staff will log you into the PC and a web browser will be available for you to use.

You can use the visitor PC during the Library Point service hours for at least 30 minutes. If another visitor is waiting to use the PC you may be asked to finish your session at the end of the 30 minute period.

The PC has a USB port, so you can save material to a memory stick. Printing is available

You can only use these resources for educational purposes (ie teaching and learning, private study or research), not for commercial purposes.

You are expected to abide by the Library regulations and IT regulations.


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Last edited: 20/03/2020 12:02:00