Christmas Opening Times @ KCL

Many of the university buildings will be closed from 16.00 Thursday 22 December – Monday 2 January. There will be security teams operating at each campus on a 24-hour basis across the Christmas break.

For more detailed information, please visit our Christmas Information pages.

Library Services
During this period the Franklin-Wilkins Building, The Maughan Building, New Hunt’s House and Weston Education Centre libraries are all open 24/7, apart from on the following exceptions:

  • 24 December – all closed from 18.00
  • 25 December – all closed
  • 26 December – all re-open to resume 24/7 programme from 08.30
  • 31 December – all closed from 18.00
  • 1 January – all closed
  • 2 January – all re-open to resume 24/7 programme from 08.30

St Thomas’ House Library: 24-hour room accessible to King’s students, staff and NHS Trust staff only.

Wills Library (Guy’s Campus): 24-hour room accessible to King’s students, staff and NHS Trust staff only.

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Foyle Special Collections and Archives Reading Room are all closed during this period. For more information, please visit the webpage.

Global Lounge
We will also be hosting a Global Lounge at the Franklin-Wilkins Building over the Christmas period. The space in the Franklin-Wilkins Building ground floor café will be open for use by all students who will be staying in London during the Christmas break.

It will be open from 13.00 until 21.00 every day from 19 December 2016 – 2 January 2017, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, although opening times may vary on these two days.

For more information, please visit our Global Lounge page.

Changes to building opening hours

The out-of-hours opening times of some King’s buildings have been changed following a review of building usage.

King’s College London has analysed data from the access control systems which showed that outside standard opening times, some buildings have very few people using them despite the university providing full operational services including the heating and lighting of large properties.

Buildings that currently have very low out-of-hours usage are Virginia Woolf Building (VWB) and James Clerk Maxwell Building (JCMB) and, therefore, the opening hours are being appropriately reduced from December 21. Staff and post-graduate students will however have the opportunity to request access to the VWB and JCMB out-of-hours via Strand Campus Security.

The reduction in opening hours at these buildings will help the university achieve its carbon reduction target of 43 per cent by 2020 without significant impact on our building users.

There will be no change to the opening hours of libraries and there is a review underway to assess the possibility of 24-hour opening throughout the academic year.

Further information about these changes, as well as an indication of which buildings are accessible outside operational hours and their method of access, can be found on the King’s Estates & Facilities intranet site via the link here: https://internal.kcl.ac.uk/about/ps/estates/reception-security/Comms—Change-to-Opening-hours—final-Nov-26.pdf