Resources at the Kent History and Library Centre

The Kent History and Library Centre offers:
  • access to Kent’s archives and local history collections
  • public wi-fi
  • a quiet, dedicated space to research, with a member of staff available to assist with enquiries
  • advance booking for searchroom desks and pre-orderable documents
  • bookable, accessible public computers
  • superb reprographic and digitisation services
  • lockable storage for researchers
  • free access to history websites – including Ancestry and Find My Past
  • a bookable meeting room for community groups
  • IT support is available for those who need help with researching family history.

The building houses Kent’s archives and local history collection together with the main public library for the Maidstone area.  Extensive resources including books, maps and other documents relating to local history can also be found in our main town centre libraries.  IT support is available for those who need help with researching family history.

Other resources available are:

  • A4 black and white and colour printer
  • A3 & A4 black and white photocopier
  • microform readers and printer
  • Da Vinci enlarger for reading original documents
  • height adjustable table
  • portable hearing loop
  • magnifying glasses
  • interpreters (if you give us enough notice)
  • assistance dogs are very welcome
  • lift and the building is wheelchair-friendly.