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It is free to join a library. Find out how to get started or if you have a Medway library account log in to it online here.

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Medway Libraries offer events for all ages from parents and babies to social groups for older people.

It is free to borrow books for up to three weeks at a time but fees and charges apply to some services.

Latest news


Discover the hottest new titles in Medway this week.

Summer Reading Challenge 2014

This year the Summer Reading Challenge starts on Saturday, 12 July.  Children aged 4 - 12 can register in their local library and read 6 books by Saturday. 13 September, claiming prizes for each book read.

The Lost Gods

Inspired by Francesca Simon's The Lost Gods, local children have created a Norse poem.  Lines from the poem will be hidden around Medway from Saturday, 12 July to Saturday, 13 September.  Clue sheets can be collected from libraries and once a line is found either take a photo or describe the location in your local library to claim a prize.

Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre

Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre will be shut for stocktaking and remedial building works from Monday, 4 August. The centre will reopen on Monday, 1 September. Medway Libraries and Archives apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Free Wi-Fi in more libraries

Medway Libraries are now offering free Wi-Fi in Chatham, Gillingham, Lordswood, Luton, Rainham, Rochester and Twydall libraries

Love to read?

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Find out what to read next or where to meet and discuss books with other readers.

Search our catalogue here.


Children and young people

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Every Medway library has areas for children and young people including books, activities and more.  Use these pages to  discover what your local library can offer for children, young people, parents, carers, teachers and early years professionals.


Computers and online resources

hand using mousePublic computers and computing courses are available free in all Medway Libraries. 

Online resources are available free; some from the comfort of your own home. Great for general interest, homework and study.


Films and TV series

Popcorn and Film Discover the latest films and TV Series, recent price reductions and our sound and vision loyalty card scheme.



Creative Medway

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If you are a writer, an actor, a poet, a musician, a games maker, a photographer, a dancer, a film maker, someone who works with traditional and modern crafts or something else entirely, visit Creative Medway to find out how Medway can help you reach your creative goals or to join one of our craft groups.


Healthy living

FruitsVisit our healthy living page to see how we can help you enjoy a healthier life with.

Information for people with disabilities including details about reading groups, home library service, postal service for the blind and partially sighted, services for carers.

Jobseeking and business support

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A range of resources for jobseekers

Links to external business and jobseeker information can be found in library links.



Are you researching local or family history?

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Discover Medway's truly amazing history at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre  For anyone interested in researching the history, geography and people of Medway. 

The centre houses special collections on Charles Dickens, Chatham Dockyard and Medway’s rich naval history.

Get involved

Discover volunteering opportunities with Medway Libraries including the Home Library Service, Friends of Medway Libraries and Duke of Edinburgh Award placements

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