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Our libraries are currently closed but you will continue to have access to our wide range of  online databases, journals, ebooks and other online material - including digital content held by  Archives and Special Collections during this period.

Due to licencing restrictions some resources are not available off campus – these resources will be clearly marked. We have made good progress working with publishers to make these resources available off campus wherever possible. Please access resources from our A-Z list of databases and of ejournals, so that the King’s login box appears, and you are able to access the content.

Limited ‘Reserve and Collect’ service

We are piloting a limited ‘Reserve and Collect’ service, initially for PhD and Postgraduate (Taught) students, from Monday 6 July.

If you are interested in using this service and for more details, please visit our Coronavirus FAQ: 'Can I borrow a book?'

If successful, we will be aiming to expand this service throughout the summer.


If you are a NHS staff member you will need an NHS OpenAthens username and password to access NHS eresources. NHS Staff are now able to request journal articles where you would normally need a King's College London PC in one of our libraries.

You can find online tutorials on using Library Search to find books and journals around your subject. Find them in the  Getting started with the Library section of  KLaSS.




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Library Search

Find books on shelves and online, full text journal articles, request books, pay fines and more.



Find online lists of books, journals and websites your lecturers expect you to read for your…


Finding resources

The MyReadingLists system will let you look up online lists of books, journals and websites your lecturers expect you to read for your lectures and seminars.

All of our books and most journal articles can be located with Library Search.

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Self-service borrowing

You can find self-service kiosks around the libraries allowing you to borrow, return and pay fines. You will need to your King's ID card and PIN to use the kiosks.

Books (except 24hr loans) are auto-renewed unless requested by another user.

We charge fines for late returns but our aim is not to fine you, it is simply to get the books back for shared use.



Article and book requests

There are a number of options for obtaining books and journal articles that are not immediately available as part of the eresource collection or on the shelf at your home library.

For staff, graduate students and NHS staff, the inter-site book request service enables you to request that a book held at another King’s library be sent to your home library.

For all staff and students, the inter-site article request service enables you to request a scanned copy of a print journal article held at another site to be sent to you via email.

Material held in the closed access stores can be requested and consulted by all library users

If a book or journal article is not available at King’s at all, then it may be possible to obtain it via the interlending and document delivery service.




Accessing eresources

Libraries & Collections provides access to a wide range of eresources for students and staff.

Many of the ebooks, databases and ejournals are available off-campus.

If you are a NHS staff member you will need an NHS OpenAthens username and password to access NHS eresources






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