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.

Home library service

If you are an existing home library service member, we will be contacting you directly to offer our voluntary befriending service. This would involve the opportunity of a call on a weekly or two weekly basis to chat to a member of our friendly volunteering team and staff.

Find out more about other befriending services if you are feeling lonely during this time.


From 13 July we will be reopening 12 libraries across Kent.

Services will be limited to our new Select and Collect service, pre-bookable computers and WiFi. Due to social distancing measures, we are not allowing bookshelf browsing.

Find out more about our new Select and Collect service.

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.

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.

Kent Libraries- Virtual Activities

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have suspended our face to face activities and groups, however we now offer a range of virtual events though our Facebook page.

These include story times and rhyme times for young children, computer coding activities and crafts for children, book reviews, regular weekly posts on health and wellbeing, and arts and culture, as well as recordings of talks from Kent Archives. For more information or to join these events, please take a look at our Facebook page.

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