Due to the national lockdown, we have made further changes to our services.

Canterbury Library is currently closed.

However, from Monday 11 January Kent Libraries, Registration and Archives will continue to provide:

  • Select and Collect pick up service at Canterbury Library. You can order titles that are available at your chosen Select and Collect library for free. Find out more at www.kent.gov.uk/selectandcollect
  • Reservation service for specific titles from the catalogue at a charge of 80p (for collection at Canterbury library)
  • Digital offers – including e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines, e-newspapers and the online reference library – are always available on our website
  • Online learning resources and free access to a number of Cisco courses
  • Ask a Kent Librarian support including 24/7 chat service – www.kent.gov.uk/askakentlibrarian
  • Mobile libraries will continue the Select and Collect service
  • Home Library delivery service to vulnerable customers
  • Kent Archives will continue to offer a remote enquiry service while the search room is closed.


  • Ceremonies cannot be delivered apart from in exceptional circumstances. Visit www.kent.gov.uk/registrationfor more information or www.akentishceremony.com
  • Birth registrations will also be paused while we prioritise death registrations. If you already have an appointment, a member of staff will contact with you
  • PC/WiFi sessions and bookshelf browsing are suspended until further notice.

We will continue to review our services regularly and keep you up to date with the latest news. Visit www.kent.gov.uk/libs.

Thank you for all your patience and understanding. Best wishes to all our lovely customers – stay strong and stay safe.

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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

Click here for current opening hours.


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