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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, including PC access — free of charge.
  • Borrower status — £50 per annum.

How to join

You can register at our Reception Desk. You will need to bring with you:

  • your Medway adult library services card ;
  • a second form of identification - either with your current address on it, or a payslip or letter on your employer's headed paper; 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. You will be issued with a membership card and a Public Access PC log in. You must bring your membership card with you on every visit to gain entry and produce it at any time if requested to do so by a member of staff.

Registration for new Public Access users is available from 08:30-19:00 Monday to Friday and 10:00-17:00 at weekends.

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;
  • 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, 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.


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