Over the summer we've made some changes to improve the library service, including increasing the number of books you can borrow.

We've worked with our partners at the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church to deliver a new Library Management System which has enabled us to improve our library service and streamline services at the Drill Hall Library, which provides a shared service.

The new system has improved how you search for and borrow books, and we're pleased to announce:

  • Borrowing limits have increased to 20 books instead of 16.
  • You will now be able to reserve 5 items from other campuses instead of 3.
  • Items out on loan will now automatically renew unless reserved by another borrower. This will dramatically cut your chances of receiving library fines.
  • If you reach the £20 block, you will be able to renew and reserve books, but you will not be able to take out new loans until the fine is below £20.
  • A refreshed look for LibrarySearch.

However, while reservations for on-shelf items at home sites will no longer be possible Library staff will be on hand to help you use the catalogue and locate the item on the shelf.

Key developments in the Stockwell Street Library

  • The Academic Skills team will be based in 10_1006 so if you need help with anything from referencing to essay writing then drop in and see them, and don't forget to make use of the Academic Skills hub.
  • We have two new study pods, which you can find on the first and second floor of the library:

Key developments in the Avery Hill Library

  • The Silent Computer room and the Green room have both been refurbished.
  • There is now a designated room - the Boyd room - for student workshops and one-to-one sessions with academic skills staff and subject librarians.

If you have any questions about your Library service please contact a member of the library team by email to SWS-userservicesteam@gre.ac.uk  or phone 020 8331 7788.