Kensington Central Library (Public library)

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Alternative Name Kensington Library, Kensington Central Reference Library, Central Library
Description Main local authority library for Kensington and Chelsea
Address Phillimore Walk
W8 7RX
Telephone 020 7361 3010 - Your call may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes.
020 7361 3610 (24 Hour Renewals)
Hours Monday: 9.30am - 8pm
Tuesday: 9.30am - 8pm
Wednesday: 9.30am - 5pm
Thursday: 9.30am - 8pm
Friday: 9.30am - 5pm
Saturday: 9.30am - 5pm
Services See notes
Transport Tube: High Street Kensington (Circle and District)
Buses: 9, 10, 27, 28, 49, C1, 52, 328
Products Local postcards and maps, photographic reproductions of local prints on request - please ask in Local Studies department
Fees For audio visual items,reservations and overdue items
Notes Main lending, reference and local studies library for the borough.

Lending department: (adult, young adult and children) includes books, spoken word tapes and CDs, language courses, DVDs, music - CDs and scores. There are extensive biography and folklore collections (some are reference items).

Reference department includes all UK telephone directories, Open university collection, business information point, genealogy collection,and a wide selection of periodicals.

Monthly careers adviser - contact library for details

Local Studies department includes Kensington and Chelsea material and all council information, past and present.

Computers offering internet, scanner and word-processing facilities are available throughout the library. There are designated laptop use areas.

Children's Library offers a full range of resources, including Storytime (suitable for children up to 6 years old) Baby Rhyme Time (suitable for children up to 2 years old).

A lecture theatre and meeting room and associated facilities are available for hire. A grand piano, theatrical lighting and projector screens are available too.

Please visit the Meeting room and lecture theatre for hire in Kensington Central Library page for more details.

Visit the libraries website.
Last Updated 02 January 2018
Are there priority parking places on-site for people with disabilities? - Yes - Via the car park you can get through to anywhere via the lifts.
Are there on-street, disabled badge parking places nearby (less than about 100 metres/yards away?) - Yes - Campden Hill Road and Kensington High Street next to Bradford and Bingley.
Is there a set down point for easy access to the building nearby (less than 100 metres/yards away?) - Yes - Entrance is via Holland Street.
Is there a train/underground station nearby(less than 100 metres/yards away?) - Yes - High Street Kensington (Circle & District)
From the nearest train/underground station, will people encounter obstacles? - Yes - Steps,roads to cross and a gentle hill.
Is there a bus stop less than 100 metres away? - Yes - 9,10,328,52,49,27
From the nearest bus stop, will people encounter obstacles? - Yes - Road to Cross and agentle hill
Are the building doors automatic? - Yes - Main reception has got a buzzer and Social Services reception has an automatic sensor.
Is the building fully wheelchair accessible? - Yes
Are the toilets accessible? - Yes
Is free access to a plug point for charging electric wheelchairs available? - No
Are guide dogs and hearing dogs welcome? - Yes
Is there a loop system for people with hearing loss? - Yes - Induction loop in reception area and interview room
Are there plans for emergency evacuation which cover people with disabilities? - Yes - The people who are trained on the evacuation chair should carry people from the second floor to outside the building. I only know of the second floor.

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