The Friars - Aylesford
- encouraging an openness to God of anyone who comes


The Carmelite Library holds c30,000 books dating back to the early 1500's to the present day. The collections cover the following fields: Carmelite studies; spirituality; theology; church history and a more general collection including history, geography and travel, literature and art.

The Carmelite Collection:
An extensive multilingual collection of works by Carmelite authors about the Carmelite Order, its history and spiritual tradition. The collection includes works of Saints Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Therese of Lisieux, Edith Stein, Blessed Titus Brandsma and many biographical and critical works.

The Spirituality Collection:
An extensive collection dealing with mysticism and the Christian spiritual and mystical tradition and its links to other world spiritual traditions. Included are biographies, collected works and studies of important figures in Christian spirituality.

The Theology collection:
A collection of books covering the works of major theologians including Karl Barth and Jurgen Moltmann.

The Church History Collection:
This collection holds a significant number of books on the Catholic Church and its history.

Periodicals Collection:
A substantial collection of periodicals covering areas such as Carmelite Studies, theology, spirituality and religious life.

Visiting the Library

Researchers are very welcome to visit the Library for reference purposes but should contact The Prior in the first instance.
Visits are strictly by appointment only.
Letters should be addressed to: The Prior, The Friars, Aylesford, Kent ME20 7BX.

Access to the Library catalogue can be found at Please enter The Friars in the Library name and press enter, There is no password.


The Library is staffed by a qualified Librarian 10am - 4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays. For further information please contact: Karen Erskine 01622 717272 or email


Click here to be guided to the next page



The Friars, Aylesford
Kent ME20 7BX

Tel: 01622 717272
Fax: 01622 715575
Email: contact