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Library Orientation

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Borrowing and Fines

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.

Please ensure you regularly check your library account and contact us as soon as possible if you notice any issues or wish to discuss or appeal library fines email

If books are not returned by the date requested you may incur fines. We will only fine you if you:

  • Do not return a book in time that someone has reserved
  • Do not return a document delivery book by the final due date
  • You lose or damage a book – you will be charged the replacement cost of the book

Books issued by the Drill Hall Library Fine rates are 30p per day for 4 week loan, 50p per day for 7 day loan up to a max of £10 per item. For details of charges on books from other libraries please visit the websites below 

Fines and payments for lost or damaged books can be paid online. Please visit your university website:

Finding Books


Archibald Hay Mess Café

The Archibald Hay Mess is our popular café area. Here you can purchase hot and cold drinks as well as a selection of sandwiches, salads and snacks. There are also vending machines for when the café is unmanned.

The café is open Monday to Thursday 10am-8pm, Fridays 10am – 5pm

Archibald Hay Mess Café

Membership Schemes

Entrance to External Access Scheme members has now resumed. New and existing members, please check the details of each scheme using the link below before visiting.  

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.


University Student Support Teams
Each of the University 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 Library 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