Specialist library services

We have a collection of vocal scores, orchestral sets and drama sets available for registered societies to borrow.

Find out about borrowing music sets or borrowing drama sets.

If you live in Kent and are unable to visit a library due to ill health, disability or your caring responsibilities, we may be able to arrange a home delivery service for you.

An initial visit will be organised to discuss your tastes and requirements, library staff will select suitable materials for you and a volunteer will drop your books and collect previous consignments at agreed intervals. All volunteers are supplied with Kent Libraries and Archives identification cards.

We can also offer basic training on how to get online. Internet-enabled devices are available for loan for the period of the training if required. For more information, read our leaflet on the Touch a New World scheme (PDF, 130.7 KB).

Speak to your local library for more information.

Apply for the home library service

Eligibility

If you live or study full-time in Kent and are blind or partially sighted you can apply for audiobooks by post. Applications will be accepted on receipt of Kent Association for the Blind recommendation or a doctor's/ophthalmologist's letter.

Delivery and returns

Audiobooks are delivered and returned by post in red plastic wallets free of charge, using Royal Mail's Articles for the Blind service.

Choosing your books

We can provide audiobooks on CD or cassette - just tell us your favourite authors and the subjects you like.  Once you return your books we will send you more.

For further information please call 03000 41 19 66 or email openaccess@kent.gov.uk.

Apply for audiobooks by post

We provide collections of books (large and standard print), audiobooks (CD and cassette), audio CDs, DVDs, videos and ethnic minority language books. We also supply book club, theme, easy access, pictures to share and reminiscence collections. Training in the best use of reminiscence collections is available.

This service is available for:

  • day centres
  • residential homes
  • hospitals
  • sheltered housing
  • nursing homes
  • hospices.

Charges may apply.

For further information, read our open access leaflet (PDF, 807.0 KB), call 03000 41 19 66 or email openaccess@kent.gov.uk.

We have a range of additional resources available to make our services accessible for everyone. Including:

  • induction loops (for people with hearing-aids)
  • large print and audiobooks (for people who are blind or partially sighted)
  • a range of easy access books including the Books beyond words range for people who prefer pictures to words (for adults with learning disabilities)
  • overlays (for people with dyslexia)
  • access to eBooks using the dyslexic font feature on the OverDrive app
  • accessibility software on library computers
  • access to books and online information about disabilities and mental health
  • reminiscence boxes and Pictures to Share books for people with dementia
  • audiobooks by post (for blind and partially sighted people)
  • home library service (for people who can't get to a library).

People with disabilities or mental health problems also qualify for our exempt card.