Kensington Library

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

Open today until 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, 9/15 Closed
Monday, 9/16 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
1:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Tuesday, 9/17 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Wednesday, 9/18 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 9/19 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
10:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 9/20 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9/21 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday had hour changes – Due to staff shortage
  • * Tuesday had hour changes – Due to staff shortage.
  • * Thursday 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 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Oct. 3 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 14 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Thu., Nov. 7 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 28 : Closed Thanksgiving 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

Let's Speak English | For International Adults

Sat, Sep 21, 10:30 A.M.

Meet other adult English learners for conversation  on Saturdays at 10:30 AM. Topics may involve small talk, holidays, customs, and common…

Anime, Manga, & Gaming Meetups for Adults & Older Teens

Sat, Sep 21, 2:00 P.M.

Adults and teens 16 and up are invited to meet up for ongoing screenings, conversation, and gaming sessions! Bring your love for different series…

Microsoft Word Basics

Mon, Sep 23, 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,…

Hora de cuentos en español

Mon, Sep 23, 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…

E-Gadget Helpdesk

Tue, Sep 24, 4:00 P.M.

Get answers about the ins-and-outs of your devices, how to connect with Wifi, manage passwords, install programs, and more. 4:00 -5:30 p.m.

Toddler Storytime

Wed, Sep 25, 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.