Kensington Library

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

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Feb. 2: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Feb. 20: Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Mar. 2: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Apr. 6: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 14: Closed Good Friday
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Afforable Care Act: Open Enrollment Period for 2016-2017

Fri, January 27, 2017 1:00 P.M.

Affordable Care Act: Open Enrollment Period 2016-17 Having trouble getting healthcare? The Free Library is here to help! You might qualify for new options, and now is the time to sign up! Open Enrollment runs from November 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017 Trained experts are available to answer…

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Make a Disappearing Box!

Mon, February 27, 2017 4:00 P.M.

Draw inspiration from author, professor, and autism advocate Temple Grandin’s work in design and innovation. Using a variety of paper hinges, locks, and folding techniques, make your own pop-up box that folds flat, and can appear and disappear as needed. For more information, visit…

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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.

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Bus Routes: 3, 39, 89 We are right next to the eastbound York/Dauphin El steps!Surface: Market/Frankford El (York-Dauphin Station)