Kensington Library

104 West Dauphin Street
Philadelphia, PA 19133-3701
Hope & Dauphin Sts.
Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1/29 Closed
Monday, 1/30 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
10:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. *
Tuesday, 1/31 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 2/1 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 2/2 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. *
Friday, 2/3 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 2/4 Closed
  • * Monday has hour changes – Due to staff shortage.
  • * Thursday had hour changes – Due to staff development.
Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Feb. 20 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Mar. 2 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Thu., Apr. 6 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Fri., Apr. 7 : Closed Good Friday
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  • Book drop box
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Scanner
  • Street parking
  • Street parking (free)
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Bicycle rack

Upcoming Events

Anime, Manga, & Gaming Meetup for Adults & Older Teens

Sat, February 4, 2023 3:30 P.M.

Join the conversation with other dedicated fans as we watch shows from several genres on the Discord platform every other Saturday from 3:30 to 6 PM . We generally watch with subtitles rather than…

Preschool Storytime

Tue, February 7, 2023 11:00 A.M.

Join us inside the library for stories, rhymes, songs and movement! Best suited for ages 2-5 and their caregivers.

Spanish-language family storytime

Wed, February 8, 2023 5:00 P.M.

Join us as we share books, songs, and play in Spanish!  2nd Wednesday of each month at 5 PM  

Hora de cuentos y canciones en español para familias

Wed, February 8, 2023 5:00 P.M.

¡Únanse a nosotros mientras que compartimos libros, canciones y juego! el segundo miércoles de cada mes a las 5 de la tarde 8 de febrero, 8 de marzo, 12 de abril, 10 de mayo,…


Located near the York-Dauphin El station, the Kensington Branch serves Kensington, West Kensington, and Norris Square. ¡Bienvenidos! Libros, videos, revistas y música en español.



In the early 1700s, Anthony Palmer, an English businessman working in Barbados, purchased a large tract of land that he called Kensington after a suburb of London. Early residents were shipbuilders and fishermen, but by the 1830s Kensington had become the textile center of Philadelphia. In 1922, the Frankford elevated line began operation, passing through Kensington Avenue. The textile mills moved south by the end of the 1930s.

Kensington Branch was originally known as Frankford Avenue Branch, Branch Number 3 of the Free Library system. It opened on May 21, 1894 at 1856 Frankford Avenue. The name was changed to the Kensington Branch in 1900. In August 1902 it moved to an empty church building at 2055 East Dauphin Street where it remained for 51 years. In 1953, pending completion of plans for a new location, the agency moved to a small rented shop at 2508 North Front Street.

The current Kensington Branch opened on July 20, 1956. It was renovated in 1997 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches and brought Internet service to every library. When you visit, take a look at the mosaic in the meeting room. It was designed by Network Arts and created with the help of neighborhood children.