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About Library Services

Library Services is a key department within the Directorate of Students and Education Support, supporting the College's teaching, learning, research and administrative activity. Led by the Director, Robert Hall, Library Services has four divisions: Customer Engagement, Collections & Research Support,Learning & Skills and Business & Systems Support.

Library Services are located across the five main campuses offering subject-specific resources with help and advice from qualified staff. Library Services also offers a portfolio of services to an extensive network of affiliated organisations including NHS staff from three internationally renowned teaching hospitals: King’s College Hospital, Guy’s and St. Thomas', and South London and Maudsley.


Customer Engagement 
Customer Services

Customer Services take pride in ensuring that users of the libraries enjoy a first rate experience. The department develops and provides a range of services for a diverse user base and aims to help them get the most out of services and resources. Customer Services encourage and monitor a range of feedback and communication on the service in order that it develops in line with customer needs.

Customer Services provide a range of circulation services via self service means, such as state of the art self service machines that issue, return, renew, take fine payment and display account information. They also provide laptop loans, photocopying and printing services via self service facilities. Help is always available from library staff in using these functions.

Customer Services offer a modern and professional enquiry service. Enquiries are answered on enquiry desks at each library as well as by telephone, email and online chat. Library users ask a range of questions from directional queries and basic IT advice, to more in depth support with identifying and using the library resources and collections. Customer Services aim to answer as many questions as possible at the point of need. Referral to specialists in other teams is available for in-depth support.

The department also looks after the library spaces, providing a safe and clean study environment and developing spaces in line with changing user requirements for different types of study zone and equipment. In order to look after these spaces effectively, Customer Services work closely with their colleagues in Estates and maintain tasks such as shelving, signage, stock repair and stock moves.

The Compass

The Compass is an integral part of our Customer Services team and is located in four of our Library sites: Franklin-Wilkins Building, Maughan Library, New Hunt’s House, and the Weston Education Centre. 

The Compass Student Enquiry Desks provide the first port of call for all student information, advice, and guidance. The Compass team take pride in providing information and supporting students to help them successfully navigate through their studies.

More information on the services offered by The Compass can be found here.

Partnership & Liaison

The Partnership & Liaison team focus on building relationships between Library Services and the Faculties and ensuring that staff and students are fully supported by our resources and our Library staff. The team members are called Library Liaison Managers and you will have a named point of contact for your Faculty (see information below). 

We can help with the following:

  • Liaison between staff and students and Library Services.
  • Development of print and electronic library collections.
  • Outreach and promotion of Library Services to our users. 



Collections & Research Support

 The Collections & Research Support (CaRS) Department develops and manages Library, Archive and Special Collections at King’s by acquiring, cataloguing and preserving information materials in many different formats. The Department also provides support on scholarly communication issues including copyright, open access and research data management, and engages the community with collections through a variety of outreach activities.There are four teams in CaRS:

  • Archives Services
  • Collection Development
  • Research Support
  • Special Collections.


Learning & Skills

 Learning & Skills empowers students, staff and other learners to succeed in the tasks that are foundational to their learning, teaching and research activities. Through interactive online learning resources and face-to-face workshops and clinics, the team partners with each learner to grow their academic skills and digital literacy. 

  • By working across three skills areas (Information Skills, IT Skills and Study Skills), Learning & Skills encourages learners to: 
  • Enhance their abilities in finding, evaluating and using information.
  • Expand their digital capabilities and use of technology.
  • Strengthen their capacity to become strategic thinkers.
  • Enrich all the skills they need to excel at and beyond university.


 Business & Systems Support

The Business & Systems Support (BaSS) Department provides centralised support for technology, service development, process improvement and business administration; facilitating cohesive and efficient practice across Library Services. BaSS is also the home of King’s Experience, who support experiential learning here at King’s, administering awards, funding and organising ceremonies.

Other services provided by this Department include: 

  • Workforce Management
  • Finance
  • Space Development
  • Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Information Management
  • Business Intelligence
  • Business Continuity
  • Business Planning.

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