Reference and information

Are you looking for information, a place to study or do some research, or just somewhere to ask a question?

If you are, then the borough libraries can help you. All our libraries provide a core collection of reference materials for you to use

Kensington Central Library is an exciting place to visit and explore. This free information service and study space for Royal Borough’s residents, students and businesses is supported by trained, specialist staff.  It contains over 53,000 books, a selection of daily newspapers, periodicals and a number of excellent online resources. There are 30 computers offering free access to the Internet to members. There is also free wifi for laptop users, who can take advantage of the dedicated laptop area with electrical points.

We also hold an extensive collection of newspapers and magazines. This large collection of current material has recently been enhanced by a carefully selected list of titles. So, whatever your area of personal or professional interest, the library is able to offer you access to the latest thinking and research on the subject.

If you are not able to visit your local library, you can email us at: .  

Highlights of the library include:

Traditional Costume
  • over 130 study spaces in a beautifully refurbished space
  • good coverage of all subjects
  • excellent Folklore and customs collection 
  • Law – good general collection. Full set of public and general acts from 1948 to the present and current edition Halsbury’s Laws of England
  • genealogy and heraldry material – including access to Ancestry online
  • 30 computers offering free public access to the internet
  • five computers dedicated to researching online resources
  • free wifi
  • 20 dedicated laptop points

Business Information

  • Mint UK - provides a wealth of access to company information.
  • Cobra -  the Complete Business Reference Advisor.

Online archives

Special collections

We hold a number of special collections in the Royal Borough Libraries, including:

Newspapers and magazines

These include back files of current magazines and some historical collections.