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Library Orientation

Virtual Tour

Borrowing Books

When you borrow books
Your library account will have a limit on the number of items you can borrow at the same time.

The books you have borrowed will automatically renew on your account unless someone else places a reservation on them.

If the book is reserved by another user you will receive a recall notice via email asking you to return the book by the due date shown on your account.

If you do not return a recalled book we will assume it has been lost and you will receive an invoice for the full cost of a replacement book. 

Please ensure you regularly check your library account. If you notice any issues, contact us as soon as possible by email

Payments for lost or damaged books can be paid online. Please visit your university website.

Finding Books


Archibald Hay Mess Café

Archibald Hay Mess Café

The Archibald Hay Mess is our popular café area. Here you can purchase and eat a variety of hot and cold drinks as well as a selection of sandwiches, salads and snacks during term time.

This facility is usually closed out of term time but there are vending machines for snacks and drinks available when the cafe is closed.

Membership Schemes

New members, please check the details of each scheme details using the link below before visiting.  

Current  membership schemes 

  • Alumni
  • Clinical Access 
  • Public Access
  • Sconul Scheme 

Medway Researchers Room

The Postgraduate researcher room (DC105) on the first floor of the library provides a dedicated space for all Medway postgraduate researchers in which to study, network, practice presentations or meet those with similar research interests.

With its combination of sofas, study tables, dual screen PCs and a collaborative IT enabled workspace it provides a flexible space to meet your study needs.

Opening hours are: Monday-Friday: 8am -7pm and Saturday-Sunday: 9am -5 pm.

Schools and Colleges Offer

The Drill Hall Library offers library tours and research skills training to Key Stage 5 (year 12, 13, or equivalent) students from Medway and Kent schools or colleges situated in a 15-mile radius from the Universities at Medway campus.
Led by our academic librarians, library visits can include a tour of the Drill Hall Library and collections, teaching on key research skills (how to find, evaluate, and reference information), and guided research using the library’s print resources. If you would prefer a research skills session to be delivered online, rather than in the library, this can also be arranged. We can accommodate groups of up to 20 school or college students in each visit.

Please note: We will be unable to accommodate this offer during universities exam study periods for the three universities we support.

For more details or to discuss your requirements, please email


University Student Support Teams
Each of the Universities at Medway institutions has a student support team. To find out what they can do for you check their webpages.

Blue badge holders are automatically allowed access to the car park. Simply press the buzzer at the barrier and say that you are a blue badge holder visiting the Library. Designated parking bays are to the left of the main entrance.

Lifts provide access to the mezzanine study levels and first floor. Please ask reception if you need access to A block teaching rooms.

Wheelchair accessible toilets are located throughout the library.

Computers and Software
We provide a range of hardware and software to support access to our systems. For example the group zone has 8 wheelchair accessible and height adjustable desks with computers, one of which has a large format screen and keyboard. In software all of the Microsoft Ease of Access features have been checked.

Microsoft Ease of Access

Family Study Room

Our Family Study Room is located on the ground floor of the library and can be accessed from the Group Zone.

The maximum room capacity is 3 adults and up to 9 children.

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. 

Parents may also use the Group Zone, but must not use their university login to log children onto any of the library’s PCs.

The library is accessible with children 7 days a week.
Monday – Friday: 8am – 7pm and Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 5pm.

DA002, DA004, DA005 Bookable and Open Access Study Rooms

These rooms provides an ideal space to practice your presentation skills. 

DA004 and DA005 rooms can be booked during Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm in two hour time slots at our Reception desk in person or by emailing or calling 01634 883878. Occupancy of these rooms are limited to 20 students at any one time.

DA002 is an Open Access room so is available on a first come, first served basis with no need to book. It can hold up to 3 separate groups of 6 students 


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Tell us your views

If you wish to report a disturbance between 5pm to 8am please talk to our security staff at the Drill Hall Library entrance.