Kensington Central Library

Kensington Central Library

Library closures

For information about library closures and services at this time, please visit the Coronavirus service disruptions and updates page.

  • all library events and activities have been suspended
  • we will be waiving all overdue library charges during this time

Our libraries do offer many free online resources, including eBooks and eMagazines - please see the Online resources and digital library page.

For enquiries please call us on tel: 020 7361 3010 and to contact our Local Studies department, please email: centrallocalenquiries@rbkc.gov.uk.

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: 9.30am to 8pm
  • Tuesdays: 9.30am to 8pm
  • Wednesdays: 9.30am to 5pm 
  • Thursdays: 9.30am to 8pm
  • Fridays: 9.30am to 5pm
  • Saturdays: 9.30am to 5pm

Information about holiday opening times


Events for adults

There are regular events for adults that happen every week or month in our libraries. We also hold a variety of special events for adults throughout the year.

Events for children and young people

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


Facilities and services


Venue hire

Meeting room and lecture theatre for hire in Kensington Central Library


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.