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Getting Started With the Library

Important to know:
  • You just need your King’s ID card to enter the libraries.
  • No eating/food allowed, only lidded drinks are permitted.
  • It is expected that library users wear a face covering whilst in the libraries unless exempt.

(Seated study in library spaces without social distancing will mean people will have close contact with those around them. Face coverings help to minimise the release of respiratory droplets and to provide reassurance to others around you).

How we can support your studies

Libraries & Collections are committed to supporting our learner communities to the best of our abilities. We do this in different ways across a number of platforms, like Library Guides, KEATS and LibAnswers FAQs, Each platform has its own purpose:

Library webpages

These give a quick overview of library services and resources, where you will find:

Library Guides

Our Library Guides (like this one) are designed to help you navigate and signpost you through the platforms we use to inform and support our communities at King's. We have Library Guides that are specifically focused on different subjects and that can be used to help you choose and access relevant resources and support for your subject. These Library Guides can be found here:

https://libguides.kcl.ac.uk/home

KLaSS on KEATS

King's Learning and Skills Service (KLaSS) is a suite of e-learning tutorials designed to support learners to:

  • retrieve high-quality academic information from online sources
  • get help and support on their search topic via online Forums
  • learn about the referencing styles in use at King's
  • manage and share your research data (designed for Researchers)
  • build and share your ReadingLists (designed for Academic staff)

Need to ask us a question?

Getting Started with Library Search

Library Search provides access to an extensive collection of resources to support your studies comprising books, ebooks, ejournals, newspaper collections and databases.  It includes digital content held by Archives and Special Collections.

How to borrow a book using the self-service machines

All libraries have self-service machines for borrowing books. To return books, please use the return boxes located outside the library spaces.

Laptop loans

Laptops are available to borrow for up to 72 hours at a time.  For more details, click on the LibAnswer FAQ below:

Getting Started with Inter Library Loans

Details how to access the Interlending and Document Delivery service directly from Library Search in order to request materials we don’t have in our collections.  ​Due to Coronavirus restrictions, we currently only provide ejournal articles and single ebook chapters held by other libraries.​​

Disability Support

The Disability Support department provides and coordinates support to staff and students throughout the College.  The Disability Support department's webpages below have contact details for their staff.

Looking for details and instructions when physically accessing different buildings at King's? Click the AccessAble link below and choose the campus you'll be using.

Documents are available in a range of formats. For more details and information about accessible formats, inter-site books requests, software, equipment & our ten Assistive Technology Rooms (ATRs) spread across the six King's library sites: