Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea libraries

Kensington Central Library

A lecture theatre and meeting room and associated facilities are available for hire.

Our libraries include a regular programme of events which include Career Advice, Health, IT Help, Reading Group and Chatterbooks sessions.

Recent successful events of note include Holocaust Memorial Day events for both children and adults which were held at the Central library’s proscenium lecture theatre marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The evening talk was attended by the Worshipful the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Councillor Maighread Condon-Simmonds.

There is also a biography collection as well as Reference and Information and Local Studies and Archives libraries. All libraries have study spaces and People’s Network computers, free Wi-Fi and a collection of newspapers and magazines. The reference library holds a special collection of books on folklore and customs and has a Business Information Point with practical advice on setting up a business, how to seek new contacts to help develop your company, how to create a mailing list or swotting up on the latest information for your next job interview.

Local Studies is home to the famous blog ‘The Library Time Machine’ which has an unparalleled collection of pictures, photographs, books and ephemera illustrating the history of the Royal Borough.

You may sometimes need information and help out of hours, or wish to find information at a time more convenient to you. We have put together a list of 24 hour services and websites you can access from home or within the libraries. In addition to this, e-journals, e-books and audio books are available for use on your computer or compatible portable device.

You can also register online.

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