Kensington Library

104 West Dauphin Street
Philadelphia, PA 19133-3701
(Hope & Dauphin Sts.)
215-685-9996

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 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. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., May. 27 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 6 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Aug. 1 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 2 : Closed Labor Day
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Facilities

  • 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

Spring Toddler Storytime

Wed, May 29, 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…

¡A Conversar! Spanish Practice for Kids, Teens, and Adults

Mon, Jun 3, 4:00 P.M.

Has your Spanish gotten rusty? Do you have nagging questions about grammar and vocabulary? Stop by to practice conversing in Spanish, pick up new…

Spring Toddler Storytime

Wed, Jun 5, 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…

Hora de cuentos en español para familias

Fri, Jun 7, 11:00 A.M.

Hora de cuentos en español para familias – primavera de 2019 Visite nuestra biblioteca para compartir cuentos, rimas y canciones,…

Drag Storytime with John Jarboe

Mon, Jun 10, 10:30 A.M.

Storytime as you’ve never experienced it.! John Jarboe, theatre artist and Artistic Director of the Bearded Ladies Cabaret, will share…

Spring Toddler Storytime

Wed, Jun 12, 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…

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About

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

History

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.