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Kent History and Library Centre

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

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

Kent Archives Search Room is open Tuesday to Saturday, 9am to 4pm for pre-booked appointments.

Kent Archives is closed on Mondays.

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The Kent History and Library Centre is free to join and offer a wide range of services - from free access to books, computers, internet and information to the hire of music, audio books and films. The building also houses Kent's archives and local history collection.

Who to contact

03000 41 31 31
Kent Libraries, Registration and Archives

Where to go

Kent History & Library Centre
James Whatman Way
ME14 1LQ

When is it on?

Session Information
Monday: 10am - 5pm
Tuesday: 10am - 5pm
Wednesday: 10am - 5pm
Thursday: 10am - 5pm
Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm

Other Details

Total vacancies


Accessible toilets with baby-changing facility.

Getting here

Directions: The Centre is on the A229, on the 2nd roundabout between junction 6 of the M20 and Maidstone town centre(see map above).

Public transport: Bus routes 101, 150 and 155 stop on the side of the building.

Parking: Free designated parking for Blue Badge holders at the front of the building.
27 Pay & Display spaces by the riverside near the library on James Whatman Way (for fees check the Maidstone Borough Council car parks webpage). Nearest long term car parks are at Maidstone East railway station and Fremlin Walk's. There is also plenty of cycle parking at the front of the building.


  • Public wi fi and computers (shuts down 15 minutes before closing)
  • A4 B&W and colour printer
  • A3 & A4 B&W photocopier
  • Scanner
  • A3 & A4 Microform readers and printer
  • Fax
  • DVDs

Other Information

  • No out-of-hours book returns facility.
  • Full toilet facility for disabled users
  • Registration of births and deaths daily by appointment - private room available
  • Bus passes issued and renewed (except companion ones)
  • Kent Connected smartcards issued and topped up Monday to Saturday, except Thursday.
  • Search reading groups and other library activities and events search the local Kent directory.
  • IT Buddy computer help available - please contact library to book
  • For out-of-hours enquiries, please contact 24/7 Ask a Kent Librarian service.

Age Range
Suitable for all ages


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