Durning Library

Durning Library is in an impressive Victorian building in Kennington, close to the tube station.

Photo of the outside of Durning Library

Due to the significant rise in Covid-19 cases in Lambeth, we have taken the difficult decision to close all Lambeth Libraries until further notice. We will keep this decision under review based on the Covid-19 situation in the borough and government guidance.

Facility Facility notes
DVDs Popular box sets also available
Community language books French and Bengali
Free use of computers

Up to 2 hours of free use for library members

Free Wi-Fi  
Reference and infomation service

More information

Durning Library Options Appraisal Report

Last year the Council commissioned Dow Jones Architects to undertake an options appraisal for Durning Library to look at how we could use the space more effectively in the library and where there were potential opportunities to generate income to make the building more financially secure for the future. Thank you to all those who contributed to the options appraisal process.

Since the work on the options appraisal began the financial pressures faced by the council have changed and the council will need to make significant savings across all of the cultural services. Proposals for the future of cultural services were set out in the Culture 2020 consultation which closed earlier this year. By cultural services, we mean local parks, open spaces, libraries, the borough archives, sports, and physical activities, and the arts.

Along with this options report the Council is carefully considering all of the comments and suggestions that have been received through the Culture 2020 consultation. A report will be published later in the summer which will be discussed at Cabinet which will set out the recommendations for the future of libraries, and all of our cultural services.

View the report from Dow Jones Architects (PDF 11.52 MB)

For full access information, please go to the AccessAble website.



167 Kennington Lane
SE11 4HF



Facility Facility notes

Large print keyboard


Screen magnifier and screen reader

Supernova, Thunder

Various formats

Large print, spoken word books, E-books, books on prescription

Disabled toilet


Wheelchair access

Ramp at the rear of the library via Fowly House, White Hart Street

Other information

Venue notes

Facilities and services

Facility  Notes
DVDs Popular box sets also available
Community language books French and Bengali
Free use of computers Up to 2 hours of free use for library member's
Free WiFi  
Reference and information service  

Recycling and Re-use

Item Recycle Re-use Repair Borrow/Hire
Batteries Yes      

Opening times

Venue opening times
Day Opening times
Monday Closed 
Tuesday Closed 


Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sundays Closed
Bank Holidays Closed


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