Kensington Central Library

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Kensington Central Library, London W8

Kensington Central Library is a Grade II* listed building on Hornton Street and Phillimore Walk, Kensington, London. It was built in 1958–60 by the architect E. Vincent Harris, and opened by the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother on 13 July 1960.[1] Its construction was met with demonstrations because of opposition to its architectural design.[2]

The public library is within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and is managed as part of a tri-borough integrated library and archive service, alongside those of Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham.[3]


  1. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1119724)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Denny, Barbara; Starren, Carolyn (1998). Kensington Past. London, U.K.: Historical Publications. p. 153. ISBN 9780948667503. OCLC 42308455. 
  3. ^ "Tri-Borough". Retrieved 10 September 2016. 

Coordinates: 51°30′05″N 0°11′40″W / 51.5015°N 0.1945°W / 51.5015; -0.1945