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.
Maidstone Library (Kent History and Library Centre)
Who to contact
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
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
Accessible toilets with baby changing facility.
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.
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
Rated 5 out of 5
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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.