Kensington Library

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

The Free Library's Summer Hours begin this week.  We are now open Monday through Friday.

Closed Today

Sunday, 6/18 Closed
Monday, 6/19 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Tuesday, 6/20 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 6/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 6/22 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 6/23 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 6/24 Closed
  • * Monday had hour changes – 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

  • Tue., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 6 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Aug. 3 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 4 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 7 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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Upcoming Events

STI Info for Teens

Mon, Jun 26, 1:00 P.M.

Y-HEP at Philadelphia FIGHT presents info for teens on how to protect against sexually transmitted infections.

Healthy Dating Workshop for Teens

Wed, Jun 28, 1:00 P.M.

Y-HEP at Philadelphia FIGHT presents info for teens on how to create healthy relationships  and protect against dating violence.

WURD's Summer of Freedom Library Tour

Tue, Jul 25, 10:00 A.M.

WURD 900am celebrates their seventh annual Summer of Freedom tour at Free Library! Join The Mojo host Stephanie Renee, broadcasting LIVE, as she…

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.