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Coming up this autumn in your library!

The term has truly started and it's great to see an increasing number of students coming through our doors again!

There have been some further final touches to our services and we have lined up some events and awareness weeks throughout the term. There is also a range of study skills workshops running in the library to help you with your studies.

Here are some top picks of what's new and coming up in your library this autumn.

Medway Researchers' Room

We have declared our brand new dedicated Postgraduate Researchers' Room officially open! This newly designed and refurbished room is situated on the first floor of the library, accessible through the Group Mezzanine, and is available for research students from all three universities. It provides an excellent space to study, network, practice presentations and meet those with similar research interests. If you are a Medway PhD student, Masters by Research student or an academic, and would like to use this facility, please enquire at the Reception Desk.


Have you tried the new book return machines?

You can't miss the biggest addition to our services. All books are now returned by the easy to use new machines. Just feed books into the machine one-by-one as shown on the video below.  These self-service book return machines, surrounded by glass screen, are located in the library foyer right next to the borrowing machines and the reservations shelf.


Click on the image below to play video:


Library laptop service

We have 70 library laptops that you can use anywhere within the Drill Hall Library. You can now also borrow a day loan laptop from the self-service laptop cabinets located in the Pilkington Building.


Your feedback matters

Are you smiling today?  You may have seen our new feedback station by the library exit with these faces on it. Please have a go and let us know what you think. Soon you will see these faces on our website and on the library PCs too. smileys-2_1

What's on this autumn

We are running a range of awareness weeks and pop-ups at the library KeyPoint by the Archibald Hay Mess Café.

piggy2Fines Awareness Weeks 17-21 October and 5-9 December
Don't let library fines creep up on you! Take part in our Lucky Dip competition and get help and advice on how to check your library account and renew books online.


Medway Local Libraries pop-up – Friday 28 October
Find out what Medway Libraries can offer for you.


laptop2Discover your E-books! – 21-25 November
Get help in how to access e-books via Library Search.


Study skills in the library

Maths and Stats Help

During your University studies you are likely to be working with numbers and data. If you are having difficulties, whatever the level, help is available! These clinics, organised by the University of Greenwich Maths Centre, are available for Medway students from all three universities. The drop-in sessions run each week in the Drill Hall Library at the following times.

Mondays 1-3pm in room DB033
Tuesdays 1-3pm in room DB033
Wednesdays 1-3pm in room DB034
Thursdays 1-3pm in room DB033

Study skills workshops

The Student Learning and Advisory Service from the University of Kent offers a range of free study skills workshops in the Drill Hall Library in room DA015 (Learn Higher Room), which are available for students from all three universities. These workshops provide practical academic advice, guidance and help focused on specific stages of your university studies.

Some of the workshops are drop-in sessions and some require pre-booking. Students from the University of Kent can book via the Student Data System. Medway students from the University of Greenwich or Canterbury Christ Church University can book by emailing

See our Library Events Calendar for a list of autumn term workshops:

Academic writing help

Students from all three universities can see Diana Evans, Royal Literary Fellow from the Royal Literary Fund. She is based in an office in the Drill Hall Library on Mondays and Tuesdays and can offer useful advice on academic writing skills. You can book one-to-one sessions with her by emailing

Library News

The library is pleased to announce an extra 24/7 opening period for the first two weeks of January 2017. This new 24hr opening is offered in addition to our usual 24/7 opening period of 20 March to 9 June.


We are social!

To be the first to know about all the events in the Drill Hall Library and get the latest news and updates, please follow us on Social Media:

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