Please note, due to COVID-19 The Library closed in March 2020 and currently remains closed.
Kent Libraries, Registration and Archives is taking a careful and phased approach to countywide service reopening, with a focus on customer and staff safety. 

The reopening of their libraries starts on Monday 13th July, with one library per district scheduled to open. Initially this will be Herne Bay Library. They will then be looking at additional libraries to reopen, which will include Canterbury Library.
Please check back for updates and thank you for your patience as we work to make our services available again.
For Canterbury library enquires please email or call 03000 41 31 31.

The Library

Canterbury Library was the first publicly funded library in Great Britain, through innovative interpretation of the Museums Act 1845 for provision of a museum of arts and science. It is now part of a large network of public libraries managed by Kent County Council

Learn more about the Kent Libraries service

Library Opening Times

Monday to Wednesday 10am to 5pm
Thursday 10am to 6pm
Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday 10am to 4pm
Sunday Closed


The library provides a wide selection of materials – books, DVDs, CDs, Talking Books and local history resources. You can browse the Kent Libraries & Archives catalogue and reserve and renew items online. There are also special collections for parents and carers, as well as people living with conditions such as cancer, dementia or depression.

We also offer eBooks and an increasing range of online resources such as encyclopaedias, newspapers and reference tools for use in the library or from your home computer.

We have over 20 computers available with free access to the internet and office software. These can be booked by phone or online. You can scan and print documents too.

Ask our staff about services for reading groups, schools and home-bound people.


Join in! Our popular Baby Rhyme Time for 0-2 year olds and Talk Time, a social group open to everyone are held weekly. For details of these, author talks and family activities, visit the What’s on page.

Do you have a little time to spare? We offer enjoyable and worthwhile volunteering opportunities, such as computer buddies and event supporters. There are activities for everyone, whatever your age, experience or availability.

Learning Offer

School groups are welcome to visit the library guided by teaching staff. It is always a good idea to give the library advance notice in case of prior bookings. Contact the library on 03000 41 31 31. A teacher’s toolkit is available to download.

Library cards for visiting school groups can be produced in advance. Teachers can download and distribute the joining form to pupils, in order to obtain parental permission and then pass on to the library a week prior to the visit.  Download Joining Form

Registration Services

Come to us to register a birth or death. Registration is by appointment only. Call 03000 41 51 51 or book online. Find out more about services relating to births, deaths and ceremonies

Library Blog

Find out about all the amazing services and programmes run by the Library, including those you can get involved in!

Regular Events

Talk Time – Every Tuesday, 10am to 12pm

Baby Rhyme Time – Every Thursdays 10.15am to 10.35am and 11.15am to 11.35am

Saturday Story Time – every Saturday 3pm to 3.30pm