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Canterbury Library

Canterbury Library is open for bookshelf browsing, pre-booked computer and WiFi sessions.

We regret all of our library events and activities including Storytime, Talk Time, Rhyme Time, Digital Dens and groups are suspended until further notice.

Our library is free to join and offers a wide range of services - from free access to books, computers, the internet and information to the hire of music, audio books and films. 

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Who to contact

03000 41 31 31
Kent Libraries, Registration and Archives

Where to go

Canterbury Library
The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge
18 High Street

When is it on?

Session Information
Monday: 10am - 4:30pm
Tuesday: 10am - 4:30pm
Wednesday: 10am - 4:30pm
Thursday: 10am - 4:30pm
Friday: 10am - 4:30pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm

Other Details



  • Public wi fi and computers (shuts down 15 minutes before closing time)
  • A4 B&W and colour printer 
  • A3 & A4 B&W photocopier 
  • A3 & A4 microfilm reader/printer 
  • Scanner
  • DVDs
  • CDs
  • Audio books
  • Local history collection
  • IT Buddy computer help available - please contact library to book.


Car parks very close by including Pound Lane Public Car park.

Access to public toilets

Accessible toilets with baby-changing facilities on each level, located on:

  • Ground floor - café (toilets close 5pm, but 7pm on Thursday)
  • Mezzanine floor – off Local Studies area (toilets closing times as for café)
  • First floor – Colour and Camouflage Gallery (toilets close 5pm and all day on Monday when the gallery is closed).

There is lift access to all floors. 

Other information

Bus pass applications - temporarily suspended
Registration of births and deaths daily by appointment - private room available. This service is temporarily suspended.

Out of hours returns via dropbox in Visitor Information Centre 10am - 5pm on Sundays only.

For out-of-hours enquiries, please contact 24/7 Ask a Kent Librarian service.

Age Range
Suitable for all ages


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