Kensington Central Library

Libraries to inspire! There’s always a lot going on in Kensington and Chelsea Libraries. With a wide range of resources for adults and children including regular activities, events programmes, and free internet access - you’re sure to find something of interest. Our service offers free access to the internet on over 100 computers located throughout the borough, provides IT skills sessions and has access to a wide range of on-line services for adults and homework help for children. Add to this our research and information resources, our specialist collections, the vast selection of stock available (including Books, Talking Books, CDs, DVDs and e-books), and our dedicated services such as those for housebound residents) - you’ll soon realise that Libraries have a lot to offer! It’s free to join the library - simply visit your nearest library and fill in one of the forms (make sure you provide one form of identification) and you’re ready to borrow!

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Opening 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

Admission charges


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
The Lodger author talk by Louisa Treger

The Lodger author talk by Louisa Treger

  • 29 October 2015 6:30-7:30pm

She was a literary pioneer. Peer of Virginia Woolf. Lover of H.G. Wells. Central figure in the emergence of modernist fiction.

And yet she died in poverty and obscurity.

This is the story of Dorothy Richardson.

“This is a sparkling debut full of passion and verve. Louisa Treger has written an enthralling historical novel about unconventional love, unrecognized genius, and the courage to turn heartbreak into art.”
–Amanda Foreman, NY Times bestselling author of The Duchess


Free but booking required via EventBrite or by emailing


Hoards (Greek, Roman and Viking hoards)

London History Festival taster event - Hoards (Greek, Roman and Viking hoards) author talk by Eleanor Ghey

  • 9 November 2015 6:30-8pm

This was discovered by a family fearing a German invasion. Eleanor Ghey is Project Curator in the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum.

Kensington Central Library and Waterstones will be hosting the 7th London History Festival this autumn. It is a literary festival that aims to bring the work of the finest historians to the widest possible audience. The festival consists of a series of talks and discussions followed by book signings.


Free but booking required via EventBrite or by emailing


Kensington Central Library
12 Phillimore Walk
Greater London
W8 7RX




020 7361 3010

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