Libraries and Archives


Libraries and Archives


Medium impact

The Archive searchroom at Kent History and Library Centre is open, but currently booking is essential.

Searchroom seat bookings and document ordering must be made 3 working days in advance. Capacity of the search room is reduced to three readers at any one time and dividing the day into two bookable sessions:

  • Session 1: 10am to 12:45pm
  • Session 2: 1:15pm to 4pm

Both sessions in one day can be booked by the same person. Please contact

Find out more about our Kent Archives service.

Home Library Service

Low impact

The Home Library Service is continuing during the coronavirus pandemic.

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.


Medium impact

We have opened a number of our libraries for socially distanced bookshelf browsing, pre-booked study space (where possible), PC and WiFi sessions.

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 2-year membership online, without leaving your home. This enables you to download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, and eNewspapers.

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