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The Drill Hall Library is currently Open

Following the government announcement and updated guidance for universities from the Department for Education (DfE), face coverings are now mandatory inside our buildings and vehicles, including our teaching spaces and libraries, unless you are exempt.

 Please help us understand if you are exempt from wearing a face covering by displaying/wearing an exemption badge or lanyard. These can be obtained from your Student Centres.

 

There are some exceptions, for example you can remove your face covering when seated at a desk/workstation and you are 2m or more away from other people (including those circulating in the space).  

 

We also ask you to wear face coverings in university catering outlets except when seated for eating/drinking.

 

You must bring a valid Universities at Medway student, staff identity card or a current External Access Scheme membership card to gain entry to the building. 

Students and staff of the Universities at Medway bringing children (under 18 years of age) into the library with them must sign in at reception and ensure that they comply with the Library Rules and Regulations and Terms of Use for the Family Room.  This room has baby changing facilities is available Mon – Fri 8am – 7pm and 9am – 5pm weekends.   

Other visitors are not permitted into the building without prior approval of the Drill Hall Library Management Team.  

The Archibald Hay Mess café is open Monday to Thursday: 10am – 8pm, Fridays: 10am – 8pm. Contactless payment vending machines are also available.

The Library Helpdesk is open 10am – 4pm each day. 

The Library Reception desk is open during all opening hours and your main point of contact for any issues after 5pm   

Monday8:00 AM — 12:00 AM
Tuesday8:00 AM — 12:00 AM
Wednesday8:00 AM — 12:00 AM
Thursday8:00 AM — 12:00 AM
Friday8:00 AM — 12:00 AM
Saturday9:00 AM — 12:00 AM
Sunday9:00 AM — 12:00 AM

Last entry to the Library is 15 minutes before the published closing time.

Latest News:

All Medway book loans originally due back from 3rd December 2021 will be extended until 14th January 2022, unless the book has been recalled. This applies to all Medway Campus students and staff.

Any reservations placed between 3rd December and 4th January may take longer to process due to Christmas closures. 

Drill Hall library opening hours over the Christmas period
Monday 20 December to Wednesday 22 December: 9am – 9pm
Thursday 23 December: 9am – 5pm

The Medway Campus will close at 5pm on 23 December and reopen at 8am on 4 January 2022.

Universities at Medway students and staff who may be on campus over the Christmas period we will be able to us the library Group Zone for study, PC use, printing and scanning between 10am and 4pm on the following dates:
• Wednesday 29 December
• Thursday 30 December
• Friday 31 December

The library will be closed to all external access membership holders throughout this period.

The Quiet and Silent zones will be closed for this period. There will no catering facilities on site, but there will be access to vending machines and a microwave in the café area.

The library Helpdesk will be staffed on these days to allow us to offer the following services:

• Access to book stock – a fetch service will be available by requesting the item required at the Helpdesk for staff to retrieve for you
• Basic library and IT support
• Book loans and returns

The library will open again as normal from Tuesday 4 January.

Family friendly study room

Students and staff of the Universities at Medway bringing children (under 18 years of age) into the library with them must sign in at reception and ensure that they comply with the Library Rules and Regulations and Terms of Use for the Family Room. This room is available Mon – Fri 8am – 7pm and 9am – 5pm weekends.

 Need to borrow a laptop?

The Drill Hall library has a newly located laptop loans unit called LapSafe. It offers a selection of three-day loan laptops and same day loans that will work across all of Medway campus. The laptop will be added to your library account so don’t forget to return it to the Lapsafe in time.

DC015 Post Grad Researchers Room

This room provides a dedicated space for our Post Grad researchers.   We will be reopening this facility from 8am on Monday 18 October 2021. Opening hours for the room will be 8am – 7pm Mon – Fri and 9am – 5pm at weekends.

DA004 Bookable Study room for presentation practice

This room provides an ideal space to practice your presentation skills. The room can be booked Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm in two hour time slots at our Reception desk in person or by emailing dhlhelp@medway.ac.uk or calling 01634 883878. Occupancy is limited to 6 students at one time. The room will be available from Monday 18th October.

Drill Hall Library in house and virtual support

Library in house Service Desks
Library Helpdesk will be available Mon – Sun: 10am – 4pm
Library Reception desk will be available during all opening hours

Online support for IT, academic support and general enquiries is also available: Mon – Sun 9am – 5pm by using the chat service icon on the library PCs.

If you prefer to email us: Please contact us on dhlhelp@medway.ac.uk and we will respond to your query within 24 working hours.

Let’s keep each other safe. We strongly encourage library users to wear a face covering whilst walking around the building and observe social distancing. 

External Access membership. From Wednesday 1 September our Public Access, Alumni and Clinical Access Schemes are available again. All new and previous members will need to register for a  membership. Please see our Membership schemes page for details of what you will need to register.
For SCONUL members, please visit the SCONUL website for updates on when this service will be available to you.
Opening hours. From Monday 13 September the Drill Hall Library will be increasing our opening hours for the new term.
Mon – Fri: 8am – Midnight
Weekends: 9am – Midnight

Drill Hall Library in house and virtual support

Library in house Service Desks
Library Helpdesk will be available Mon – Sun: 10am – 4pm
Library Reception desk will be available during all opening hours

Online support for IT, academic support and general enquiries is also available: Mon – Sun 9am – 5pm by using the chat service icon on the library PCs.

If you prefer to email us: Please contact us on dhlhelp@medway.ac.uk and we will respond to your query within 24 working hours.

We strongly encourage library users to wear a face covering and observe social distancing. 

Please be considerate of others and help keep our communities safe.  

Drill Hall Christmas Calendar 2021

DHL Advent calendar 2021

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