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Young adults

TEENSLibraries have much to offer young adults in a friendly and safe environment. 


Medway Libraries hold collections of books aimed at young adults in all 16 libraries. These collections are regularly updated to include the latest titles. To find out what is available, visit the online catalogue

Find out where and when our teen readers' group meet.

As well as popular fiction titles, these collections include audio books on CD and pre-loaded MP3 player, large print and Barrington Stoke titles.

All Medway Libraries members have free access to downloadable eBooks including many young adult titles.

Homework and study

Medway Libraries' non-fiction collections include revision and study guides for most subjects. The online resources page includes a number of resources designed to help with homework and study.

Strood and Hempstead libraries have Homework Clubs and library staff are specially trained to help with homework enquiries in all libraries.

Groups for young adults 

Teen readers' Groups

Fun groups aimed at 11-18 year olds who enjoy reading.  Find out where and when our teen readers' groups meet. 

Baby and toddler group for teenage parents

A friendly group offering toys, snacks, friends, story-time, craft and support.  We meet fortnightly at Chatham Library, Community Hub Chatham from 11am to 12noon. Come along and chat with other young parents.

Library cards

It is free to get a library card and you can borrow up to 30 books. 

If you visit with a parent or carer and ask them to bring address identification with them you can get a full card allowing you to borrow up to 30 items including books, films on DVD or Blu-Ray and console games.  With a full card and parental permission you can also access the internet and Microsoft Office applications for free in the library. 

Volunteering opportunities for young people

Reading Hack

reading hack

Reading Hacks are young adult volunteers, aged 13 - 24, providing reading activities in local libraries and other community spaces. Activities include teen readers' groups, art displays and more. Meet new people, get skills and inspire others to read. To get involved email libraryvolunteers@medway.gov.uk.

Summer Reading Challenge volunteers

During the summer holidays Medway Libraries recruit volunteers (aged 13 - 24) to support the Summer Reading Challenge.

If you are interested in applying, complete the Young Peoples Volunteer Application Form (pdf 182KB).
To download a pdf you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have it on your computer, please use our advice page.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Placements are available for the volunteering or skills strands of the Duke of Edinburgh Award (during summer holidays only). 

  • Skills -  covering all aspects of library work
  • Volunteering - supporting library customers, this could be assisting at a club or reading group

Please be aware that places are limited and an application does not guarantee a placement with Medway Libraries.

If you are interested in applying, complete the Young Peoples Volunteer Application Form (pdf 182KB). To download a pdf you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have it on your computer, please use our advice page.

Staying up to date

Information on your local area, clubs and societies, colleges and universities and much more is available from your local library. You can also follow Medway Libraries on Facebook and Twitter.

Events and activities run in all Medway Libraries. Visit Enjoy Medway to discover what, where and when events are running near you.

Library links, Medway Libraries' subject guide to the internet, offers links to webpages designed to help with many life situations as well as study and leisure interests. These links are checked by a librarian to ensure they carry accurate and current information.