New opening hours for Kent’s libraries

The new opening hours for Kent’s libraries have been decided and will take effect from 30 September. The pattern of opening hours at each library has recently been subject to a local engagement with library customers. During a three-week public engagement, customers were asked for their comments and invited to vote for their first and…

Mobile library service changes to go ahead

The redesign of Kent’s mobile library service is to go ahead, following a public consultation. KCC’s proposals are intended to provide a more efficient and effective service at a lower cost to the county council. They were endorsed by the council’s Growth and Economic Development Committee and the six-week consultation was launched on 22 January.…

Heritage at the heart of Dartford library restoration

Dartford’s much-loved Central Library is to have its centenary year marked in grand style with a £650,000 restoration, celebrating its heritage and historic roots. Kent County Council agreed a refurbishment proposal for the 100-year-old library after a six-week public consultation showed huge support for it to reflect the heritage and past glories of the building.…

Get connected to free Wi-Fi in all Kent libraries

Visitors to any of Kent’s 99 libraries can now get online with free Wi-Fi. It has been made possible after Kent County Council secured full funding from Arts Council England to complete the roll-out of free Wi-Fi across all library buildings in the county. Of the 99 libraries in Kent, 33 already provide free Wi-Fi.…

Book your place to sell in library

Businesses are being offered the chance to sell their wares in a new scheme by Kent County Council. Sellers of Kentish products are being given the opportunity to run their own pop-up shops at Ramsgate Library. The trial will run on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays on March 17, 18, 19; March 31 and April 1,…

Mobile library service: Redesigning for the future

Kent’s mobile library service is proposed to be redesigned with the aim of providing a more efficient service at a lower cost to the county council. The proposals were discussed at a meeting of KCC’s Growth and Economic Development Committee on Tuesday (12 January), and are in the context of the significant financial pressure that…

Last chance to have a say on libraries consultation

An extensive 12-week public consultation on KCC’s plans to modernise its Libraries, Registration and Archives service by the creation of a charitable trust closes next week (Wednesday, 8 April). Since the consultation’s launch on 12 January, KCC’s Libraries, Registration and Archives service has organised a series of 27 roadshows across the county to give Kent…