I had the idea of joining the London Library as somewhere quiet which I could visit as and when wanted/needed. The travel to London would have been a bit of a pain but when I saw the annual membership fee for the London Library I decided to drop the idea of joining the library.
My local (council run) library is used more as a community hub and cannot be considered quiet. Activities held at the library include the teaching of PC skills to pensioners and a group for mums and dads with toddlers (in a library!). The library premises are too small for a separate reading room.
I have searched for a reading room, club or library in Kent to meet my needs but have found nothing of use. I found a reading room but that belongs to a religious group and is only open one day a week.
Any ideas or thoughts will be appreciated. Thank you.
The Kent Autistic Trust suggested either my local church (which is nearly always locked) or Maidstone Library (as that, apparently, is more of a studying library).
Today I visited The Friars in Kent and, on this visit at least, the place was quiet. I spent quite some time sitting in the Peace Garden (which has multiple signs asking people to respect the fact the Peace Garden is meant to be somewhere quiet - people are even asked not to eat in the garden) and three other places (one indoors) in the grounds.
The Peace Garden was lovely. I sat and watched the bees moving from plant to plant in search of nectar; I could even hear the occasional gentle buzzing of bees when three or more bees descended on a plant. I sat and listened to the birds singing.
I shall take another trip (hopefully soon) to The Friars and, hopefully, it will turn out to be a place of quiet I can visit fairly easily.
Glad that KAT could help you. There's also this place, which I discovered the other week. In Faversham. Very peaceful. A real oasis of calm...
Abbey Physic Community Garden