Our partnership and outreach librarians have formed close contacts with a variety of other institutions, where you can access information relevant to your studies.
If you need assistance locating resources, please contact your subject librarian.
The Cathedral library houses a magnificent collection of rare and historic books, some dating from the 12th century. Among this collection is the Textus Roffensis, the only existing copy of the first code of English law, which was written in Rochester during the early 1120s. Written in Old English and Latin, it has been described as one of the most important documents in English history and a foundation for the Magna Carta.
Textus Roffensis is available online for the first time via the Cathedral’s website.
The Historic Dockyard Chatham
The Dockyard Library and Archive houses the Trust’s collection of over 20,000 books and manuscripts. The collection focuses on ships, shipbuilding, naval architecture and history.
The Trust also has an extensive photographic collection ranging from the mid-19th century until the Dockyard’s closure in 1984. It also has maps of the site, drawings of the buildings and plans of the ships built there.
The Archive Reading Room is open to researchers by appointment Mondays to Thursdays 10.30am to 3.30pm; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Libraries for Life
There is much more to Medway's 17 public libraries than just books! From free internet access to e-books, films and a wide range of events, groups and workshops - whatever you're into, get into it at Medway libraries.
It’s free to join the local library – join at any Medway library, online or at the mobile library.
The historic records of Canterbury Cathedral date back to the 9th century. The Library contains about 30,000 books and pamphlets printed before 1900, and an expanding collection of some 20,000 books and serials published in the 20th and 21st centuries.
In 2016, the Cathedral’s pre-Reformation archive was added to the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register, thus gaining recognition as one of the most important collections of its type.
Go to the Cathedral’s website for visiting information.
Medway NHS Foundation Trust
The Library & Knowledge Service offers a professional information and research service to all Medway NHS Foundation Trust staff, students on placement across the Medway and Swale health economy and other NHS staff working across the Medway health economy.
Visit the Trust’s Library Service website for information on how to join and opening hours.
Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre
Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre (MALSC) is the place to visit for anyone wishing to research the history, geography and people of Medway. The centre has an extensive range of resources open to everyone, including: maps and plans; photographs and prints; street and trade directories; naval collection (books and ephemera); Dickens collection (books and ephemera); and historical building plans.
Visit the MALSC website for visiting information.