Studying and borrowing books in the winter holidays..


Studying and borrowing books in the winter holidays..

The holidays will soon be upon us and we hope you enjoy the winter break. If you are thinking about studying and borrowing items over the holidays, here’s what you need to know.

Studying in the Library during the holidays

Augustine House, Canterbury

Augustine House is open throughout the Christmas period, except for 25-26 December and 1 January where the building will be closed.

The building will be open as follows:

19 December – 21 December Building  – 07:30—1:00 
Library Point, live chat, email, telephone – 09:00-20:00 
22 DecemberBuilding – 07:30 – 17:00
Library Point live chat, email, telephone – 09:00 – 17:00
23 December – 24 December* Building  09:00—17:00  
Library Point, live chat, email, telephone – 11:00 – 16:00 
25 December – 26 December CLOSED 
27 December – 31 December* Building  09:00—17:00  
Library Point, live chat, email, telephone – 11:00 – 16:00
1 January 2023 CLOSED 
2 January 2023* Building -  09:00—17:00  
Library Point, live chat, email, telephone – 11:00 – 16:00
3 January – 20 January 24/7 

*Smartcard access is required to enter the building throughout the holiday period.

Salomons Institute Library, Tunbridge Wells

Salomons Library will close for Christmas at 16:30 on Thursday 22nd December and reopen at 8:00 on Tuesday 3rd January.

Drill Hall Library, Medway

To view Drill Hall library opening hours please visit the Drill Hall website.

Return dates

No items will be due for return during the winter break. Any items which would be due between 19th December and 2nd January will have their borrowing period automatically extended to the 3rd January instead.

Before you go away

If you are going to be away from campus for the holidays, here are our top tips of what to do before you go away:

  • Return any books you do not need or have been reserved by another user.
  • Return any 24-hour loans, these items are not eligible for renewal.
  • If you have a 24-hour loan or a 7-day loan, check to see if there is a longer 4-week loan available.
  • Check LibrarySearch to see if there is an e-book you could use instead of a print copy while you’re away.

While you are away…

  • Your items will automatically renew unless they are reserved or are on 24-hour loan. You do not need to renew or return any loans, from Monday 19th December to Monday 2nd January inclusive.
  • If you have returned home and found that one of your items has already been reserved, please contact us for help. Email us on or call 01227 922352.

Essential winter reading

  • Our Digital Library is available to support your assignments. Read our blog to get started.
  • Why not try and complete some of the modules on the Learning Skills hub over the break? Each module will offer you the opportunity to develop the skills you need to make your time at university a success.
  • For some festive tips on referencing your assignments read Ho! ho! ho! Harvard.
Christmas tree

Merry Christmas!

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