Reopening libraries and the archive search room

We are pleased to announce some further information on libraries reopening over the coming months. We will continue to take a cautious and careful approach, prioritising customer and staff safety above everything else.

All of the dates and details below are provisional and are subject to the government’s roadmap being achieved. We will update this page if anything changes.

Monday 12 April

The following 32 libraries will all open for bookshelf browsing and pre-bookable study space, computer and wifi sessions:

All of the COVID-19 safety measures you expect will be in place. Opening times will be confirmed soon on each individual library page.

Folkestone and Larkfield Libraries are still being used as symptom-free test sites so they won't reopen as libraries yet. We will announce separate opening dates for these as soon as possible.

Tuesday 13 April

From Tuesday 13 April, our archive search room at The Kent History and Library Centre will open for booked appointments. Find out more about Kent Archives or book an appointment.

Monday 26 April

Tuesday 27 April

Tuesday 4 May

Summer 2021

We recognise that libraries are an important community facility and it is our intention to reopen the remaining libraries that are yet to reopen over the summer. This is subject to the government’s roadmap being achieved and any local circumstances to make sure our staff and visitors are safe. We will update this page when we have further detail on this step.

Alongside our buildings, we also encourage you to continue using our online library and archive services. This includes Ask a Kent Librarian, e-books, e- magazines and e-newspapers, as well as the virtual events and activities on our social media channels. In addition, the mobile library service continues to operate across the county offering our Staff Picks service.