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Maidstone Library (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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Our libraries are 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.

Who to contact

03000 41 31 31
Fax: 01622 695978
Kent Libraries, Registration and Archives

Where to go

Kent History & Library Centre
James Whatman Way
ME14 1LQ

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Open Monday to Saturday
Session Information
Monday: 10am - 5pm
Tuesday: 10am - 5pm
Wednesday: 10am - 5pm
Thursday: 10am - 5pm
Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm

Other Details



The building houses Kent's archives and local history collection together with a 21st century library. The archives opening hours are 9am - 5pm Tuesday to Saturday

  • 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
  • Fax
  • DVDs


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).

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 park is Fremlin Walk's. There is also plenty of cycle parking at the front of the building.

Bus: Stops for routes 101, 150 & 155 situated just beyond the right-hand side of the building and on the opposite side of the dual-carriage way.

Rail: 5 minutes' walk from Maidstone East station. 

Other information

No out-of-hours book returns facility.

Full toilet facility for disabled users.

Registration of births and deaths daily - private room available
Bus passes issued and renewed (except companion ones)

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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fantastic place to study
I recently went through a stage where i was going to the library every day to get some revision in for my exams. This library is excellent and has Fantastic facitlities for you to use during your time there, furthermore the staff are extremely friendly and can help whenever you need them. I would defintely reccomend people to go to the library to study, as i feel that i benefitted drastically from going to the library and getting some hard hours in. The only harsh critism that i have for the library is that it closes too early during the week, for example i would like to do some extra studying during the week and would go after school but unfortunately the library closes at 5pm which is extremely frustrating as i couldnt get to the library until 4pm which would mean that i would only be getting one hour in of revision. once again i would like to reiterate how good the library is and that it is a step in the right direction in order to restore maidstone as the lovely place it is.

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