The Library will offer you all the resources, help and support you need to succeed in your studies. It houses the books and resources relevant to the subjects taught here. Within King’s Libraries & Collections you have access to over a million books and ebooks, thousands of ejournals, hundreds of databases as well as archival materials. The IoPPN library is one of the largest psychiatric libraries in Western Europe. You will have access to a large number of world-class authoritative e-journals and databases, and over 42,000 books and multimedia items, covering psychology, genetics, neurology, neuroscience, psychiatry and psychotherapy. It is really simple to loan books from the library, you simply need to scan the barcode on the loan machine and it will email you the details of your loan and the date you need to return it by.
The library is equipped with friendly staff who are here to help you with a wide range of issues from subject or resource related queries or basic IT trouble-shooting. The library also offers a live chat service called ‘LibChat’. You’ll notice the library is split into zones that indicate where different types of study are appropriate. These include silent, quiet and group study areas. These include silent, quiet and group study areas – group study rooms can be booked via our online system and are perfect for studying with friend or group projects.
The library is open 9-5pm Monday to Friday in term time, the nearby WEC library, next to King’s College Hospital, is open every day with either 24/7 spaces or 24/7 opening throughout the year. We also have 4 other libraries at King’s, so no matter where you are in London, all King’s libraries are available for you to use. The libraries at Guy’s and Waterloo Campuses are also open 24 hours most of the year.
For undergraduate students, all teaching staff have office hours. These are set hours every week where, if you have any questions or need some help, you can drop in and visit them. In addition, every student has a member of staff from their department assigned to them as their personal tutor. Your personal tutor is responsible for your overall welfare, both academic and pastoral. They’ll schedule a meeting with you about once a term, but you can also make an appointment to see them, or drop in during their office hours.
There’s also lots of academic support available for both postgraduate taught and research students via their department, the Graduate School or student-led groups. As a postgraduate research student you are assigned a primary supervisor, a second supervisor or supervisory panel, and sometimes a postgraduate coordinator.
The Graduate School is a professional services centre whose purpose is to provide support for and encourage the best possible postgraduate experience at King’s College London. They offer a range of services, including induction sessions and opportunities for researcher development, funding opportunities, financial support for delivering at conferences and gaining international research experience, as well as providing graduate lounges and facilities at each of our campuses for both working and socialising. Training is also available from King’s on a variety of relevant topics, including academic writing and interviewing.
Student-led groups and networks are also key for postgraduate students, such as the London PhD Students’ Meetup Group, where you can meet other local PhD students from all disciplines to share your experiences. Department-led discussion groups are also popular, organising guest speakers to come in and facilitating discussion with postgraduate students afterwards.