Libraries and Archives

Libraries and Archives


The Kent Archive Service is temporarily closed until further notice. For any enquiries please email and our staff will try to respond as soon as we can.


All 99 libraries will close to the public, including the mobile library service, from normal closing time on Friday 20 March 2020 until further notice. We will keep this under review and will be guided by national developments.

We will ensure all loan periods are extended for all customers until the end of June. If you already know that you will need further extensions after June, please let us know by emailing Some of these changes may take time to implement so please bear with us while we work through them.

If you have reservations, or reservations on order, they will be kept safe until we re-open. Once we re-open, they will be available for 10 days before going back into circulation. If you cannot collect the reservation during that time due to self-isolation, we will refund you the reservation fee or reorder it at no additional charge.

Remember that our digital collections are always available. These include reference resources as well as free e-books, e-audio books, a vast range of the latest e-magazines and daily e-newspapers. These can be accessed via our libraries pages.

The Ask a Kent Librarian Service will remain available on 03000 41 64 38, email or via 24/7 chat online.

We will do our best to maintain or extend the Home Library Service to the most vulnerable as far as possible.

You can now create a free temporary 3-month membership online, without leaving your home. This enables you to download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, and eNewspapers.

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