Kensington Library

104 West Dauphin Street
Philadelphia, PA 19133-3701
Hope & Dauphin Sts.
Closed Today
Sunday, 1/16 Closed
Monday, 1/17 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 1/18 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed
Wednesday, 1/19 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, 1/20 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 1/21 Closed
Saturday, 1/22 Closed
  • * Monday had hour changes – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • * Tuesday has hour changes – Due to staff shortage.
Sunday Closed
Monday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Feb. 3 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Feb. 21 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Mar. 3 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Thu., Apr. 7 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
View all holiday closings

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

Virtual English Conversation Group

Tue, January 18, 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 Spanish Conversation Group/Grupo de conversación en español de forma virtual

Mon, January 24, 2022 4:00 P.M.

Has your Spanish gotten rusty? Do you have nagging questions about grammar and vocabulary? Or do you simply miss using your Spanish?   Gather virtually with others to practice conversing in…

Virtual English Conversation Group

Tue, January 25, 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, February 1, 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…

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.