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Kent History and Library Centre

Kent Archives Search Room opening hours:

  • Monday - closed

  • Tuesday to Saturday - 9am to 5pm

  • Address:
  • Kent History And Library Centre
  • James Whatman Way
  • Maidstone
  • Kent
  • ME14 1LQ
03000 41 31 31
01622 695978
Opening Hours:
Sunday Closed
Monday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Thursday 9.00am - 8.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm

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Disabled access
Saturday, some evening opening
Internet computers
Online catalogue
Childrens library
Local studies collection
Exhibition space

Other Information

The building houses Kent's archives and local history collection together with a 21st century library.

  • Public wi fi
  • A4 B&W and colour printer
  • A3 & A4 B&W photocopier
  • Scanner
  • Microform readers and printer
  • Da Vinci enlarger
  • Height adjustable table
  • Fax
  • Portable hearing loop

Public computers are switched off 15 minutes before the library closes.

Kent Connected smartcards issued and topped up Monday to Saturday, except Thursday.


Directions: The Centre is on the A229, on the 2nd roundabout between junction 6 of the M20 and Maidstone town centre (see map above).

Bus routes 101, 150 and 155 stop on the side of the building.

Nearest train station: Maidstone East

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 are at Maidstone East railway station and Fremlin Walk. There is also plenty of cycle parking at the front of the building.


See 'Access'.

Other information

Out-of-hours returns - book drop box available.

Accessible toilet with baby changing facility.

Registration of births and deaths daily by appointment - private room available.
Bus passes issued and renewed (except companion ones).
Search library activities and events on the local Kent directory.

To find a reading group in your area, search the our reading groups listing.

For out of hours enquiries, please contact 24/7 Ask a Kent Librarian.

UK Online Centre ID 4825