Arranging Your Visit

Library and Learning Resources welcomes school/FE groups to visit and explore the university's print collections. We offer tours, research workshops and space for you to make the most of your visit.

Planning your visit

We always put your students first, so let us know what they're studying and we will arrange bespoke content for your specific needs. We run sessions for GCSE, A-level,  IBCP and EPQ students, equipping them with the skills to use our library independently and providing space for them to study. We also arrange for student ambassadors to be on hand to support the visit.

You can plan your visit to include any (or all) of the following:

Our Finding the Best Resources for Your Studies guide will give you a flavour of some of the content we cover. Whether its research, referencing or visiting our archives, just get in touch.

Please read the guidelines below and complete the form if you would like to bring your school/FE group to visit one of our libraries. This will help with practical arrangements and ensure that you are able to make the most of your visit. Please request your visit at least a month beforehand. We will then confirm arrangements by email.

Please note

Note: Visits can be arranged between June and the middle of November and between the middle of January and the end of March

If your school is in Medway, you may wish to visit the Drill Hall Library who also provide a schools visit service.

Getting here

Augustine House is conveniently located in the heart of the historic city of Canterbury, just a short walk  away from Canterbury East railway station and the bus station. You can find out how to locate the library here.

The Salomons Library is situated in the centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells less than a 10 minute walk to the railway station. You can find out how to locate the library here.

Car parking space is extremely limited on the University campuses and there is no parking at Augustine House in Canterbury. It is recommended that you make alternative parking arrangements, or contact the appropriate campus directly for assistance.

During your visit

On arrival at the University please go to the Library where you will be met by a member of Library staff. Please note that Library material is for reference use only and that no borrowing or computing facilities can be made available. There are no photocopying services for visitors at Augustine House in Canterbury.

Visiting with under-18s

School groups or other youth organisations are welcome to visit, perhaps as an introduction to a University Library or as an opportunity to look at a wider range of resources than those to which they usually have access.  During the duration of the visit, the teacher or adult responsible must remain with the group at all times and is responsible for the behaviour and welfare of the group, in accordance with section 13 of the University’s Under 18s Policy.

All visitors are expected to respect the library rules regarding food or drink and to demonstrate responsible behaviour and consideration to other people who are working in the library.


The campuses and libraries have wheel-chair accessible doors and lifts to other floors. Please inform us before arrival if you have any special requirements.

First aid

If any of your group falls ill during your visit, please inform us immediately and we will call a member of staff with First Aid skills if necessary.

Fire and emergency

If the fire alarm sounds during your visit, please take your group out of the nearest emergency exit.

School/FE Group visit request form

  • Request to visit
  • Group contact details
  • Name
  • Proposed date and times of visit (arrival and departure).
  • Would you like the visit to include

“I just wanted to say thank you for your help and support with the library visit.  It has been really encouraging to see how the pupils have approached their coursework data with fresh perspectives since visiting the library and doing some research. They all found it a useful and purposeful day. Once again, thank you for your help in organising the day and arranging space for the pupils to work in.” 

Mr Packman, Westlands School

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