Reopening libraries

We have re-opened 41 libraries for bookshelf browsing and pre-bookable study space, computer and wifi sessions. More libraries will re-open in the coming months, subject to the government’s roadmap being achieved. We will continue to take a cautious and careful approach, prioritising customer and staff safety above everything else.

All of the COVID-19 safety measures you expect will be in place.

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.

The Kent Archives’ search room is open for appointment-only sessions.

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.