Using the library
Kent's libraries are more than just places to borrow books. You
will find a range of services including DVDs and CDs for hire,
access to Kent's online
catalogue, the Internet and Microsoft software
With over 2,102,751 books and 157,617 audio/visual items
available, you are bound to find something of interest. Items we do
not hold in stock or that are temporarily unavailable can be
reserved for a small charge at your nearest library or online.
Already a member?
Log into your library account
Please note: To ensure we maintain accurate
records, you will be asked to confirm your details or re-register
every 2 years. In the interim, you can let a member of staff
know of any changes when you visit a library or modify it yourself
Become a Kent library user
Anyone can join. Just visit your
nearest library, the process is free and easy.
An instant ticket requires no identification and allows you
to borrow 3 items straightaway. You can also register
Once proof of address has been provided, adults and
children may generally borrow up to 30
items including 12 DVDs or CDs. We make a
charge for the hire of audiovisual items.
Upon registering you will be issued with a reader's ticket (1
per person) and PIN number. This allows you to borrow and return
items from and to all of our computerised libraries. In addition it
enables you to view your details online, renew or reserve items,
book and use library computers and access our range of
eBooks/eAudio books and online resources remotely.
- PINs can be requested via email or telephone, but we reserve
the right to withhold the PIN if we are not satisfied that the
enquiry is from the card holder.
- For licensing reasons, only people who live, study or
work in Kent can access our online resources and eBooks/
eAudiobooks remotely. If you join online or via our mobile
app, you will need to confirm your registration in a library
and provide some proof of the above prior to doing so.
Use your library card anywhere
in the SELMS (South East Library Management System)
Library customers can now use their existing Kent library
cards to borrow and return books at more than 200 libraries across
the 12 local authorities currently forming the SELMS
In the past library users have had to join a specific library
service to borrow books from that service, and could only return
books in the authority where they originally borrowed them. Now
customers can use their Kent card at libraries in Milton
Keynes, or borrow books in Canterbury and return them
in Chatham. See the
SELMS FAQs to learn more.