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Kensington and Chelsea Libraries

There are a six free public libraries based across Kensington and Chelsea offering a wide range of services, activities and events for people of all ages and different needs. Read this page for an introduction to some of the work they do for the local community. 

Please find more information in the sections below:

Library services during the Coronavirus lockdown

Please access in the link below the services available in the Kensington and Chelsea libraries during the Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown.

Current services

Become a member

To access some services you may need to become a member. This is free and can be done either online, or in person at your local library.  

Services for under 5s

All libraries offer sessions for children under five, including stroytime, rhymes, singing, arts and crafts. Children with all levels of need and backgrounds are welcome to attend. These are drop-ins. There is no need to be a library member or to register in advance. 

For details of when these sessions take place, please visit the Kensington and Chelsea Libraries website.

Kensington and Chelsea libraries work with Book Start to offer free-gifting of books to young children recognising the fact that it's never too early to start reading. These packs are offered when your child is aged 8 months and again at age 3 years and can be made available in special sensory-friendly formats on request. Speak to your health visitor or member of library staff if you would like to receive a pack. 

After school activities for 7-12 year olds (online)

Book Group: What are you reading? 

Share the books you are enjoying and discover new ones in this weekly Book Club for children aged 7 to 12. Meet new friends and connect with each other - maybe you'll inspire someone else to discover their new favourite book.

Time: 4 to 5pm, Tuesdays from 16th February

Click here to sign up for Book Group - After School Activities with Westminster and K&C Libraries


Get Creative: Have you learnt something awesome this week? Did you do something creative?

Show and Tell the drawings you have done, photos you have taken, models you have made (Lego, plasticine etc) or even pieces of music you have learnt.

 Show off your talents and discover new ones in this weekly Get Creative club for children aged 7 to 12. Meet new friends and connect with each other - maybe you'll inspire someone else to be as creative as yourself.

Time: 4 to 5pm, Thursdays from 18th February

Click here to sign up for Get Creative - After School Activities with Westminster and K&C Libraries


Friday Club

Every Friday we are bringing you something new - making instruments, scavenger hunts, visits from the Ecology Centre and much much more!

Join us for this weekly Friday Club for children aged 7 to 12. Meet new friends and connect with each other - let's discover something new together!

Time: 4 to 5pm, Fridays from 19th February

Click here to sign up for Friday Club - After School Activities with Westminster and K&C Libraries


Online events for children and young people

A list of regular and special events can be accessed in this link

Homework and study support

Many libraries offer homework clubs open to children and young people to drop-in and make use of the library's facilities and on-hand support to complete their homework. Any child is welcome to attend, regardless of their need.

To participate, the child and their parent / guardian will need to complete a form which will be available from your local library. 

For information on the homework clubs in the borough, please visit the Kensington and Chelsea Libraries website.


Westminster libraries also offer free access to IXL, a study platform that provides comprehensive, curriculum-based maths and English for children in reception up to year 13. The website is designed to keep children engaged with their learning by providing fun awards. It also provides parents/guardians with detailed reports on their children’s progress. For more information, please speak to staff at your local library. 


Computer and internet facilities

You can use computers and access the internet at any of Kensington and Chelsea's local libraries. Ask a member of library staff if you need help either using the computer or finding something particular online. 

Home library services

If you or your child have a disability which impairs your ability to get to the library, you may benefit from the home library service. With this service, a member of library staff will visit up to one every three weeks to help you access their catalogue of books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and more. 

For more information on the Home Library Service, please click here.

Kensington and Chelsea library list

Kensington and Chelsea libraries' newsletters

Please find below the links to the latest K&C libraries newsletters:

2021

March

February

January

2020

December

November

October

MyLibrary app

You can download the MyLibrary App for faster access to services and the ability to download free audiobooks and e-books on the go. For more information, please click here. 

Contact us

Contact Kensington and Chelsea Libraries using the following details:

Call: 020 7361 3010

Email: libraries@rbkc.gov.uk

Last Updated 02/03/2021

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