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Join your Library and start borrowing

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.

  • You'll be issued with a Library Membership Card and the login details for your Library Account are emailed to you shortly after registering.
  • Your Library Account enables you to log in to our catalogue at SouthEastLibrarySearch to renew your loans and request books, articles, and literature searches.

If you're already a member and are unsure of your account details, please contact your library. 



  • In your library - subject headings are displayed at the end of each row of book shelves. Library staff are always happy to help with any queries if you can't find what you're looking for. 
  • Online - enter key words or a book title below to search our online catalogue. Results will show from our three EKHUFT Libraries as well as healthcare libraries across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Each entry will show whether the book is currently available 'on shelf' or out on loan; links to ebooks will be shown where applicable.  


  • Use our app - you can access the full catalogue using our app for Apple and Android devices.



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. The only exception to this is if we have no alternative but to request from the British Library - this is charged at £6 per book, per 28-day loan period. We will always check with you first if this is our only option.

  • In the Libraries - fill out a blue Book Request Card. These can be found on the front desks at each library. Fill out one of these with the details of each book you were unable to obtain or find, and hand to library staff. 
  • Contact us - you can also email or call your library with the details of the books you are after.


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  • You can borrow up to 10 items at any one time.  



  • All books can be borrowed for 28 days, with two renewals possible. We do allow informal third renewals if required, and provided that the books haven't been reserved by other library users. 



You can view your full check out history by logging in to your Library Account, then My Library Account > Personal Information > Preferences > check the box Show my Checkout History. Then go to Checkouts > Checkout History. 

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  • You can also renew by asking staff in your library, or contact us via email or phone with your membership details or book details.

 


  • You can renew each book twice, provided it hasn't been reserved by another library member.
  • We allow informal third renewals if required, and provided that the books haven't been reserved by other library users.


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  • Log in to your Library Account at SouthEastLibrarySearch. Find the book you want to request and select Place Hold. Your request will be received by library staff who will let you know when your book is ready for collection.


Books borrowed from other libraries as Inter-Library Loans are free to you, no matter where we borrow from. The only exception to this is if we have no alternative but to request from the British Library - this is charged at £6 per book, per 28-day loan period. We will always check with you first if this is our only option.

  • Requesting - 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.
  • Book Request Cards - these can be found on the front desks at each library. Fill out one of these with the details of each book you were unable to obtain or find, and hand to library staff. Alternatively you can email or call us with the details. Inter-Library Loans from libraries outside of our Trust take around 3 - 5 working days to arrive.  


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  • We charge 10p per book, per working day that the items exceed their return date.


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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, or fill out a Book Suggestion Card in your library.

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