Visit to the Augustine House Library and Student Services Centre at Canterbury Christ Church University


It was a sunny day at Augustine House on the 17th of July.


This is the view from one of their impressive outdoor terraces. Can you spot the Cathedral?!


The Augustine House Library and Student Services Centre at Canterbury Christ Church University is the joint winner, with The McClay Library, Queen’s University Belfast of the prestigious 2013 SCONUL (Society of College, National and University Libraries) Design Award.

We were so happy to see such a large cohort people joining us on this visit. We had colleagues from the University of Brighton, Croydon Libraries, Medway Archives, Canterbury College, UCA, King’s School, and quite a few people from the University of Kent Templeman Library.

The Head of Library Services, Pete Ryan, gave us a very interesting talk on how the library grew from an idea in to a reality and shared with us how it has changed since it was first opened.

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We were also given the opportunity to look around in the library.


This is the view from the third floor. Augustine house has won several architectural awards for its contemporary design and its commitment to sustainability; a major feature of the building. Significant use of solar control glazing and a large atrium roof ensures a strong focus on natural light.

We had a look at the study spaces available in the library and the shelving solutions. The key is flexibility. With moveable plasma screens, study tables and moveable seating, Augustine House offers spaces which students can adapt and move equipment around to facilitate working in small groups on projects, presentations and similar tasks.






There are also 7 group study rooms, which students can book online.

On the east wing of the ground floor they have a collection of short loan books. In the same room there is a library service point, a self-issue machine, two self-return machines and a number of student PCs.


There are over 200 PCs throughout the building, plus 200 i-Borrow laptops which students can use anywhere in the building. PCs’ availability is shown on screens.


For any enquiries, students can visit the i-zone


There are also a few ‘Just ask‘ pods scattered around the library. They operate at peak times in term time.


Write up by Maria Centrone, CILIPinKent


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