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Kent History and Library Centre (Maidstone Library)

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The Kent History and Library Centre is free to join and offers a wide range of services - from free access to books, computers, internet and information to the hire of music, audio books and films.

The Centre is open for bookshelf browsing from 9am daily except Monday (customer support is available from 10am). Pre-booked computer and WiFi sessions start at 10am.

The building also houses Kent Archives and local history collection, which is available for pre-booked appointments between Tuesday and Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

If you already have a library account with us, log in to your library account to browse and borrow new items.

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  • Public Wi-Fi
  • A4 black and white and colour printer (Wi-Fi printing unavailable)
  • A3 and A4 black and white photocopier
  • Scanner
  • Bookable computers
  • Bookable microform readers and printers in Kent Archives search room
  • Out-of-hours returns - book drop box available
  • Meeting space hire (please email us)


  • Meet and Practise English on Tuesday 10:30am to midday
  • Rhyme Time on Monday 11am - 11:30am
  • Games Club on Wednesday 10am - 11am 
  • Books Beyond Words Group on Thursday 10:30am - 11:30am
  • Baby Rhyme Time on Friday 11am - 11:30am
  • Storytime and Craft on Saturday 10:30am - 11:30am
  • Lego Club on Saturday 2:30pm - 3:30pm
  • IT Buddy help available; please book with library
  • Find a reading group
  • Search other library activities and events on the local Kent directory


  • Disabled access
  • Portable hearing loop
  • Designated parking for blue badge holders at the front of the building
  • Accessible toilets with baby change facilities
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance dogs are welcome


Other information

  • Bus pass applications (except companion passes)
  • Registration of births and deaths daily by appointment - private room available
  • Find a reading group
  • For out of hours enquiries, please use our Ask a Kent Librarian service which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Meeting space for hire - please email library
  • UK Online Centre ID 4825

Who to contact

03000 41 31 31
Kent Libraries

Where to go

Kent History & Library Centre
James Whatman Way
ME14 1LQ

When is it on?

Session Information
Monday: 10am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
Thursday: 9am - 5pm
Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: Closed
Bank holidays: Closed


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