Kensington Central Library

Not all of our library services will be available initially and some services will look a little different. We will be prioritising access to computers, the internet and books to best support our residents. Our online reservation system will be unavailable across our libraries, please contact the library via email or telephone if you would like an item put aside for collection and all returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours. Additional services will be expanded in a phased manner over the coming months to ensure the safety of all.

Visit our Libraries COVID-19 page for more information.

12 Phillimore Walk, London, W8 7RX
Telephone: 020 7361 3010

Read about disabled access.

Kensington Central Library houses our Local Studies and archives collection.

Regular opening hours

  • Mondays: 10am to 6pm
  • Tuesdays: 10am to 6pm
  • Wednesdays: 10am to 6pm 
  • Thursdays: 10am to 6pm
  • Fridays: 10am to 6pm
  • Saturdays: 9.30am to 5pm

Information about holiday opening times

Events for adults

We have regular events for adults that happen every week or month and a variety of special events for adults throughout the year, all online.

Events for children and young people

And for the younger ones - we have regular activities for children and young people and special events too, all online.

Facilities and services

CD collection

We keep our CD collection at Kensington Central Library. You can reserve CDs online and collect them at your local library free of charge.

CDs in Westminster are located at Charing Cross Library, and in Hammersmith and Fulham they are located at Fulham Library. Kensington and Chelsea library members can reserve CDs online free of charge.

Reserve a CD.

If you want to borrow a CD immediately, visit Kensington Central Library, Charing Cross Library or Fulham Library in person.