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Use our quick reference page below to find out about our books - how to search our catalogue, how to request books, and how to return them. If your query isn't listed, please get in touch with us.
Renewing and returning
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You'll need to join our Libraries in order to start borrowing books - you just need to fill out a short registration form. Find out how to join.
If you're already a member and are unsure of your account details, please contact your library.
If you can't find a particular book, or are having trouble finding books on a certain subject, talk to a member of library staff as we can usually track it down for you from other libraries in our network for you to borrow as an Inter-Library Loan.
Books requested from within our own Trust libraries take 1 - 2 working days to arrive, and around 3 - 5 working days from libraries in our regional and national networks.
Inter-Library Loans are free to you, no matter where we borrow from.
You can view your full check out history by logging in to your Library Account, then select your borrowing history.
You can return books to any of the three libraries within East Kent Hospitals Trust, as follows:
In person - the easiest way to return books is to call in to any of our three libraries and return them either at the library desk, or in the designated Book Return Boxes.
Via internal mail - all EKHUFT staff are able to use the internal mail system to return their books. In order to ease the process, please send them back to the particular library you borrowed them from.
Via external mail - if you cannot easily get to one of our libraries, you can also send books back to us via Royal Mail or other courier service. Where possible, please send these as recorded deliveries.
If you can't find a particular book, or are having trouble finding books on a certain subject, just talk to a member of library staff as we can usually track it down for you from other libraries in our networks for you to borrow as an Inter-Library Loan.
We have various collections of ebooks available from a range of publishers. To view them all, and for instructions on how to access them, visit our ebooks page.
Yes, we send underdue alerts two days before the due date of a book. We send an overdue alert every week that a book has gone past its due date, up to six weeks when you will get a final reminder.
Please note that if we don't hear from you within 7 days of your six-week final reminder, you may be invoiced for the replacement of the books.
These alerts are emailed to you by default, but you can also choose to have them sent as free SMS text messages. If you don't already have this enabled on your account, please contact library staff and we can activate it for you.
We welcome suggestions for titles to add to our stock! If you think a book would be beneficial to our library for departmental and staff use, just let us know - email or call with the details.