Kensington Library

104 West Dauphin Street
Philadelphia, PA 19133-3701
Hope & Dauphin Sts.
Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., May. 2 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., May. 27 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 6 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
  • Wed., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
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Services By Appointment

Services

Facilities

  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Scanner
  • Street parking (free)
  • Street parking
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

Upcoming Events

[Cancelled] Open Lab

Mon, April 15, 2024 10:00 A.M.

Join us in the lab for extended computer sessions.  Assistance provided by our Digital Resource Specialist from 10am to 4:30pm. Help is on a first come first served basis.  

English Conversation Group - Intermediate+

Mon, April 15, 2024 4:30 P.M.

Build your confidence in speaking English while meeting other adults in a casual learning environment. No registration is required. This group is for intermediate/advanced English speakers and is…

Preschool Storytime

Tue, April 16, 2024 11:00 A.M.

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

[Cancelled] Resume Help

Tue, April 16, 2024 2:00 P.M.

Create, Edit, and enhance your resume. Help is on a first come first served basis from 2-4:30pm.  

About

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.

 

History

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.