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Study with respect for those around you

Libraries & Collections are here to make your experience of studying in the library as comfortable and productive as possible. To help achieve this, it is important that everyone shows respect for others and the library itself.

•    Be fair and share - please vacate your space for long breaks. We appreciate that you may be studying hard over long hours, but when the library is busy there isn’t room for everyone to save a space - so please vacate your space if you are taking a long break. Belongings left unattended for longer than 30 minutes may be moved by staff if necessary to make space for others to study.

•    Don't leave it - King's is a safe space and has very low levels of crime. However, 85% of the crime reported to King's is the theft of devices left unattended in libraries and other spaces. Never to leave your valuables unattended, even for the shortest time.

•    Be fair and share - if you are not using a PC, please leave that space free for others to use. We appreciate there may be fewer spaces available during the exam periods when the libraries are busier. If you don't need to use one of the PCs in the libraries, then please leave these spaces free and study elsewhere so other students can use them.

•    No hot or smelly foods permitted, please dispose of all litter responsibly – As long as it does not disturb others you are welcome to bring cold snacks and lidded drinks into the library. We please ask you to refrain from bringing in hot or smelly food anywhere in the libraries (the cafe at the Maughan Library is an exception). Please help keep the spaces neat and tidy by disposing of all litter responsibly.

•    Talk quietly in the quiet zones - Please be aware of how your voice can carry across the space and disturb others. Keep your voice low and conversations to a minimum. Also be aware of the noise you are making when leaving a Discussion zone (e.g. Group Study Room) into a Quiet zone (most areas within the libraries).

•    Be silent in the silent zones - Please allow those who wish to study in silence the opportunity to do so. The quiet and discuss zones are available for you if you prefer not to work in silence.

•    Respect the books - Please remember that library books are a shared resource and refrain from writing or highlighting in them. When you’ve finished studying please return your books to one of the trolleys provided around the library. This makes it easier for other people to find them and for the library staff to return the books to the shelves as quickly as possible.


Library Staff are here to help

We work closely with our Estates & Facilities colleagues to ensure that the libraries are clean and well maintained. Roving library staff are here to help, they can offer support with any basic enquiries you may have as well as monitoring the library environment throughout the day.

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Noise Line

Struggling to focus on your studies because of noise in the library? We’re here to help.

Text or WhatsApp the Noise Line describing your location and the source of the noise and we will respond immediately, for example ‘Student talking loudly on phone, Room 2.59’ or ‘Large group chatting, level 2 open plan area’. We will not text back unless we need to clarify your location.

This service operates during staffed hours, currently 09:30-17:30 on weekdays and 10:00-18:00 on weekends.

If you experience any problems messaging, please feel free to come to the Library Information Point or Roving staff who will be happy to help.                      


Noise Line phone numbers to text / WhatsApp at each library
 Weston Education Centre  07860 916 723
 Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience  07860 916 724
 Franklin-Wilkins  07860 916 727
 New Hunt’s House  07860 916 729
 The Maughan  07860 916 731
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