Kensington Library

Services and hours are subject to change — please call in advance.

104 West Dauphin Street
Philadelphia, PA 19133-3701
Hope & Dauphin Sts.
Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, 6/26 Closed
Monday, 6/27 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. *
Tuesday, 6/28 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. *
Wednesday, 6/29 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 6/30 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 7/1 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. *
Saturday, 7/2 Closed
  • * Monday had hour changes – Due to staff shortage.
  • * Tuesday had hour changes – Due to staff shortage.
  • * Friday had hour changes – preparation for the Independence Day holiday
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

  • Fri., Jul. 1 : Closing at 1:00 PM preparation for the Independence Day holiday
  • Mon., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 7 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Thu., Aug. 4 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
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Services By Appointment

Services

Facilities

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

Upcoming Events

4th of July Patriotic Paper Lantern Crafts

Thu, June 30, 2022 3:00 P.M.

Make your own Independence Day decoration.  

Virtual English Conversation Group

Tue, July 5, 2022 10:00 A.M.

Join our free conversation circle, where adults from different countries come together to speak English (lower to intermediate level) in a friendly setting. This series is sponsored by the…

Virtual English Conversation Group

Tue, July 5, 2022 10:00 A.M.

Join our free conversation circle, where adults from different countries come together to speak English (lower to intermediate level) in a friendly setting. This series is sponsored by the…

Preschool Storytime

Tue, July 5, 2022 11:00 A.M.

Join us inside the library for stories, rhymes, songs and movement! Best suited for ages 2-5 and their caregivers. Masks are encouraged and attendance will be limited to accommodate social…

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.