Kensington Library

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

Open today until 6:00 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 Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • 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.
  • Thu., Oct. 5 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 9 : Closed Columbus Day
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Upcoming Events

Toddler Storytime

Wed, Jul 26, 10:30 A.M.

Bring your little ones every Wednesday morning for a storytime full of laughter and learning! Ages 0-6

Wii Fridays

Fri, Jul 28, 3:00 P.M.

Scare your friends in Luigi's Mansion, race down the track with Mario Kart, and build a whole new world in Minecraft! Come and play with us every…

Fantasy Role-playing club

Tue, Aug 1, 3:00 P.M.

Join your fellow adventurers on a journey through the magical world of imagination, as we play popular tabletop fantasy role-playing games such as…

Toddler Storytime

Wed, Aug 2, 10:30 A.M.

Bring your little ones every Wednesday morning for a storytime full of laughter and learning! Ages 0-6

Wii Fridays

Fri, Aug 4, 3:00 P.M.

Scare your friends in Luigi's Mansion, race down the track with Mario Kart, and build a whole new world in Minecraft! Come and play with us every…

Fantasy Role-playing club

Tue, Aug 8, 3:00 P.M.

Join your fellow adventurers on a journey through the magical world of imagination, as we play popular tabletop fantasy role-playing games such as…

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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.