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Public access

Members of the public can use the Drill Hall Library's facilities as visitors providing they are over 18 years of age, a member of a Medway public library and either living or working in the Medway Council area.

You can choose between two levels of access.

  • Reference access only — free of charge.
  • PC access (once membership has been approved) — free of charge.
  • Borrower status — £50 per annum.

How to join

On your first visit to the Drill Hall Library you will need to bring your Medway library services card with you to gain entry. You are welcome to look round to see what we have to offer, however if you decide that you would like to visit again you will need to register with us.

To register with us you will need to bring with you:

  • your Medway library services card;
  • a second form of identification with your current address on it; and
  • proof that you are over the age of 18.

We will ask you to complete a registration form, to have your photo taken and sign to confirm your acceptance of the Drill Hall Library's rules. Your application will then be processed and you will receive a membership card in the post within five working days. Once you have your membership card you can then apply for an IT account, which will allow you to use our visitor PCs. You will need to bring your membership card with you on every visit and sign in and out at reception.

Please note that registration for new Public Access users is only available between 9am and 8.30pm Monday to Friday and 11am to 4.30pm at the weekend. Please check our opening hours before you visit. During periods of extended opening Public Access users are required to leave the library by midnight.

What we can offer you

If you choose reference and PC access only we can offer you:

  • reference access to over 130,000 academic texts and journals;
  • use of photocopying facilities (chargeable);
  • optional personal IT account; and
  • use of a visitor access PCs with Microsoft Office and internet access.

If you choose borrower status we can offer you all of the above plus:

  • a personal library account; and
  • entitlement to borrow up to five ordinary or 7-day loan items from the Drill Hall's stock at any one time.

To avoid any misunderstanding please note that study loans, overnight loans, inter-site loans (items located at Avery Hill or Maritime Greenwich), inter-library loans, theses/dissertations, reservations and poster printing are excluded from the scheme.

Additionally, due to educational licence agreements, electronic databases, electronic books and journals and specialist software are not available to visitors or external users.

Individual subscriber

If you are undertaking private research, you can apply to join the Drill Hall Library as an individual subscriber. The fee for borrower status is £100 per year. Membership is granted at the discretion of the library manager.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for individual subscriber status please write to the library manager.

Library manager
Drill Hall Library
Universities at Medway
North Road
Chatham Maritime
Kent ME4 4TB
Telephone: 01634 883336

If approved, we will ask you to visit the library to register with us. You will need to bring:

  • proof of name and address.

We will ask you to complete a registration form, to have your photo taken and sign to confirm your acceptance of the Drill Hall Library's rules, before receiving your membership card and user information. You will also need to pay your membership fee. Membership is valid for one year.

You will need to bring your membership card with you on every visit and sign in at reception.

Please note that registration for new Individual Subscribers is only available between 9am and 8.30pm Monday to Friday and 11am to 4.30pm at the weekend. Please check our opening hours before you visit. During periods of extended opening Individual Subscribers are required to leave the library by midnight.

What we can offer you

We can offer you:

  • reference access to over 130,000 academic texts and journals;
  • use of photocopying facilities;
  • a personal library account; and
  • entitlement to borrow up to five ordinary or 7-day loan items from the Drill Hall Library's stock at any one time.

To avoid any misunderstanding, please note that study loans, overnight loans, inter-site loans (items located at Avery Hill or Maritime Greenwich), inter-library loans, theses/dissertations and reservations are excluded from the scheme.

Additionally, due to educational licence agreements, electronic databases, electronic books and journals and specialist software are not available to visitors or external users.


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