The Friars, Aylesford

Last updated 17th December 2008 
Name of library  The Friars, Aylesford
Address  Library, The Friars, Aylesford, Kent ME20 7BX
Telephone  01622 714141
Fax  01622 715575
Website  Aylesford Priory (The Friars, Aylesford now preferred )
Alternative names  
Contact & Job Title Karen Erskine,  Librarian
Purpose & main user community of the library For British Province of the Order of Carmelites 
Terms of access Apply to the Prior in the first instance and then by appointment 
Opening hours M-F 10.00-17.00 
Disabled access  Lots of steps
Lending to other libraries & visitors  No. None, but willing to photocopy (subject to copyright law).
Number of volumes 20,000 
Periodicals – Back Issues 40 
Current Periodicals  44
Other materials Small audio and video collection. Very small microfilm collection. 
Volumes added per year  350
Coverage  Carmelite studies, spirituality, general Christian theology, general church history.
Special Collections  Carmelitana: by and about Carmelites and the Order Brocard Sewell O. Carm : personal, eclectic collection Chesterton and Belloc : small collection of these early 20th century Catholic writers’ works.
Manuscripts  None (Carmelite mss can be found in BL, Oxbridge, Vatican and other interesting libraries around the world.
Research resource Carmelite studies 
Catalogue Type Card, computer (in progress) 
URL of catalogue  
Other facilities  Photocopying
Full Time Staff  1
Part Time Staff  
Voluntary Staff  
Changes in next five years affecting the above Hope to put the Carmelite catalogue on the Internet 
Anything else about the library