We promote reading, learning and digital literacy for all ages and abilities. Libraries, Registration and Archives provides a wide range of services focussed on reading and literacy, information and digital inclusion, and bringing people together. We have 99 libraries across the county, five mobile libraries, plus 24-hour access from wherever you are www.kent.gov.uk/libs.
We offer all schools the following opportunities:
- A free introductory visit to the library led by library staff (subject to availability)
- OR A free visit from the library when schools are too far away to easily travel
- A free introductory visit to Kent’s Archives (subject to availability)
- A Teacher’s Toolkit to assist with library visits led by teaching staff
- Other activities for their pupils such as the Summer Reading Challenge.
You can borrow:
- Books for all ages and abilities - fiction and non-fiction, poetry and jokes
- Audio books, Storysacks and Bag Books
- Books on special situations (both fiction and non-fiction) - these cover a wide range of topics from bullying and divorce to family members in prison, bereavement and empathy
- Books in community languages.
Did you know about some of our other library services?
- Access our information and enquiry services both face to face and remotely via telephone, email, SMS text messaging and 24/7 webchat
- Browse our local history collections and Kent Archives material spanning 14 centuries, to bring the past to life.
And using your own individual library card (not your school card) you can:
- Use our public computers and Wifi
- Borrow eBooks, eMagazines and eNewspapers
- Access online resources (there are lots!) e.g. Brittanica Online
Your pupils can do this too at any Kent library, or at home