Kent County Public Library
Hilary Welliver, MLS - County Librarian
497 South Red Haven Lane, Dover, DE 19901 Directions
(302) 698-6440 / Fax: (302) 698-6441
Business Hours: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm Mon.-Fri.
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sat. & Sun.
News & Announcements
Sounds of the Season
Celebrate the festive holiday season with music! Join us for an "Old-Fashioned Carol Sing-Along," led by Dr. Yvonne Johnson, DSU, on Sunday, December 14 at 2 p.m. Or enjoy a "Beethoven's Day" concert with pianist Randy Chang at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, December 16. Both events are free.
Winter Carnival: Around the World (In 180 Minutes!)
Join us at Kent County Public Library for a family –oriented “Noon” Year’s Eve celebration featuring music, performances, hands-on activities and entertainment. The FOL Winter Carnival, now in its third year, brings family and friends together for good, clean fun and festive memories. Enjoy a Countdown to a balloon drop with sirens and lights! Sing "Auld Lang Syne" to bagpipe accompaniment! Interact with costumed characters! Be sure to fill out your ticket stub for hour-by-hour door prizes with a grand prize drawing for a family membership to the Dover YMCA!
No tickets sold on the day of the event! Buy yours, beginning December 1st at the Circulation Desk ($5/person; children 18 months and younger are free).
The Friendly Library on the Highway!"
Kent County Public Library, "The Friendly Library on the Highway," is part of the Kent County Department of Community Services. The Kent County Public Library operates a bookmobile that makes weekly stops throughout the County. Your Kent County library card is accepted at public libraries statewide. We offer free programs, materials, eBooks/eAudiobooks, licensed databases, and Internet access, including WiFi.
All Programs are free, open to the public and take place at the Kent County Public Library.
Many programs require advanced registration and those that don't are seated on a first-come first-serve basis. Reservations are required for groups of six or more. Click on the calendar icon in the screen's upper left corner to conveniently register online!
If you would like to receive email notifications of upcoming events, please send an email message to KCPL@co.kent.de.us to let us know of your interest in this convenient service.
The Kent County Bookmobile is a mobile unit offering free library service to Kent County residents since 1988. "Lucy," the new bookmobile, went into service in April 2004.
How to Get a Library Card
It's easy to get a library card. All Kent County residents are eligible. Complete the registration form (see left menu) and print it out. Bring the form and a photo ID with your local address on it (a driver's license works well) to the library. Children under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present to sign for the card. Your library card is accepted at Delaware public libraries state-wide!
Meeting Room Application
To request use of the library's conference room, please read the application form (see left menu) carefully. There may be a fee for use. Before filling out the form, contact the library (weekdays prior to 4 p.m.), to ensure the room's availability (302-698-6440). Reservations will be made no more than 90 days in advance. No more than two reservations per organization per month. Food and drink are not permitted.
The Delaware Library Catalog provides enhanced access to information through a single online library database to Delaware residents. Delaware library cards are accepted at 33 public libraries, 8 academic libraries, and 7 special libraries across the state. Click on the link on the menu on the left to access this extensive collection of materials and resources. You may need your library card number + PIN to use some features.
Ask a Librarian
Even when the library building is closed, our virtual services remain available. Ask a Librarian is a free 24/7 online information service. This is a popular service maintained by cooperative libraries around the world. Enter your question and click "Connect;" a real-time librarian will join you shortly (generally within minutes) and will help you find the answer to your question!
Kent County Public Library actively seeks volunteers. Volunteers assist staff in a variety of activities. To join our corps of dedicated volunteers, you must be age 16 or older, with reliable transportation.
Please print the volunteer application, complete it, and return it to the library. At that time, register for a volunteer orientation session or volunteer workshop. We do accept some subsidized work applicants from other government and non-profit programs, but we are not a site that supervises court-ordered community service.
Friends of Kent County Public Library
The Friends of Kent County Public Library is a nonprofit organization made up of our greatest supporters. In addition to volunteering and fund-raising, Friends are our greatest advocates and educators. The Friends constantly seek to make our library better and to spread the news about our great programs, services, and collections! The Friends' group provides an opportunity to contribute ideas on events and activities and be part of the local cultural scene. (They are also a lot of fun!) An application form is provided to the left.
Library Advisory Committee (LAC)
The purpose of the Kent County Library Advisory Committee is to study, research, plan, and make advisory recommendations regarding the direction of libraries in Kent County for the future. The LAC consists of seven members, one from each of Kent County's Levy Court Districts. Members are appointed by Commissioners of the Kent County Levy Court.