What is new at the Drill Hall Library?


What is new at the Drill Hall Library?

It’s a been a busy summer at the Drill Hall Library with a full renovation on the Quiet and Silent Zones and the addition of a family room. Read on to find out more…

Quiet and Silent Zones

The Drill Hall Library’s Quiet and Silent Zones have had a fresh new look over the summer. A new layout, updated shelving and a colourful modular furniture creates a vibrant environment for studying.

Most of the library’s study spaces are open as normal but we encourage all our users to wear a face covering if you can and be considerate of others as we are all getting back to normal at different speeds. For anyone who is not quite ready yet, we have kept both our mezzanine levels, located above the foyer and silent zone, as socially distanced study spaces.

Along with the uplift of the library’s Quiet and Silent study zones, our training rooms have also been updated this summer with new equipment which will be ready for the start of term. There is also wireless presenting available in all teaching rooms.

Get to know the library

We appreciate some returning students may want to get reacquainted with the library. Why not take our self-guided tour? It’s available on the Library Orientation webpages.

Opening hours

The Drill Hall Library has increased opening hours for the new term.
Mon – Fri: 8am – Midnight
Weekends: 9am – Midnight

Library in house Service Desks

Library Helpdesk will be available: Mon – Sun: 10am – 4pm
Library Reception desk is available during all opening hours

The Archibald Hay Mess Café is now open

Grab a bite to eat while you study or relax with a hot drink, a range of sandwiches, salads and snacks. The service hours are:
Monday – Fri: 9am – 5pm

Please note that no food is permitted in the Quiet and Silent Zones of the library, and we ask you to consume all hot food in the cafe area.

Online support for IT, academic support and general enquiries is also available

Mon – Sun 9am – 5pm by using the LogMeIn chat service icon on the library PCs.

Users can also contact us on and we will respond to your query within 24 working hours.

Family room

We know juggling with studies and children can be hard. To support you we now have a new Family Room available in the Drill Hall Library for students and staff of the Universities at Medway to use for short periods. There is no booking, just sign in at the library Reception Desk and read the Terms of Use displayed in the room. The room has a maximum capacity for up to 3 adults and 9 children.

The library is accessible with children 7 days a week.
Monday – Friday: 8:00 – 19:00
Weekends: 9:00 – 17:00

Children must not be left unattended and the noise kept at a suitable level. Parents remain responsible for their children at all times.

Parents may also use the Group Zone but must not use their university login to log children onto any of the library’s PCs. This this would breach the Universities IT rules and regulations.

Drill Hall Library - Family Room
Family Room

Coming soon!

Why have some exciting changes on the way too! Including:
Loanable laptops: borrow a laptop with a staff or student ID card to use on the same day or three days.
Digital Learning Lab: exciting new facility to try innovative technologies such as 3D printing, robot arms, VR and AR.

Digital Learning Lab

You can email or check for further updates on the Drill Hall Library website.

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