Kensington Library

104 West Dauphin Street
Philadelphia, PA 19133-3701
(Hope & Dauphin Sts.)

Closed Today

Sunday, 7/14 Closed
Monday, 7/15 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 7/16 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 7/17 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 7/18 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 7/19 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.*
Saturday, 7/20 Closed
  • * Friday had hour changes – Due to staff shortage.
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

  • Thu., Aug. 1 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 2 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 5 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Oct. 3 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 14 : Closed Columbus Day
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Photo of Kensington Library


  • Book drop box
  • Change machine
  • Computer lab
  • Computers for public use
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Scanner
  • Street parking
  • Street parking (free)
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

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Upcoming Events

Computer Basics

Mon, Jul 22, 2:00 P.M.

This class will introduce you to basic computer skills like understanding how to utilize your mouse and keyboard, searching the internet, creating…

Hora de cuentos en español

Mon, Jul 22, 5:00 P.M.

Se invita a toda la familia a visitar nuestra biblioteca para compartir cuentos, rimas y canciones. El programa se dirige principalmente a…

Around the World with the Geography Lady

Tue, Jul 23, 4:00 P.M.

Travel around the world while staying right here in the library! Get to know about different places and different cultures with Alycia Larson, the…

Toddler Storytime

Wed, Jul 24, 10:30 A.M.

Join us for toddler storytime! Together, we’ll explore stories and activities that help the reading habit in children . This program is…

Microsoft Word Basics

Wed, Jul 24, 2:00 P.M.

This class is for beginner users to learn core aspects of this popular word processing program.  We'll introduce basic page setup,…

Open Mic: Creative Expressions

Wed, Jul 24, 3:30 P.M.

Perform your own writing or another writer’s works that inspire you! All levels of experience and ages welcome. (Note: Please review…

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Located near the York-Dauphin El station, the Kensington Branch serves Kensington, West Kensington, and Norris Square. Bienvenidos! Libros en espanol.


In the early 1700's, 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 1830's 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.