Durning Library

Durning Library is located in Kennington, close to the tube station. It provides books, Wi-Fi, computers, printing, study space and more. 

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Facilities and services include: 

  • Books including spoken word audio and large print books, language courses, and books in community languages. 
  • Library members also have access to a wide range of online materials including E Audio, E Books, magazines and online reference sources for adults and children.  Many of these can be accessed from home. 
  • Wi-Fi - Use your library card to connect to our free unlimited Wi-Fi 
  • Computers - free use of adult and children’s computers, with the latest Microsoft Office software
  • Screen magnifier and screen reading software, plus Eye Pal Solo read aloud scanner for low vision and blind users. 
  • Printing, including Wi-fi printing from your own device.
  • Photocopying –affordable black and white and colour photocopying.
  • Study Space available.
  • Book-a-Librarian - when you need extra 121 help and support with daily tasks e.g., freedom pass or passport applications, job search etc, we offer one hour 121 appointments with a member of staff to assist you. 
  • Room Hire – whether you want to hold a meeting for two or a special family birthday or other special occasion, we have just the space for you at competitive rates.
  • Adult Reading Group – our friendly and sociable group meets once a month to discuss the latest hot fiction titles. New members are always welcome to join. We supply the books. 
  • Baby rhyme-time and under-fives storytelling sessions. 
  • Daily newspapers and periodicals, plus children’s magazines. 
  • Baby changing facilities 
  • Book Start packs for gifting. 
  • Hygiene Bank-we accept donations of new and unused hygiene and personal care products that are redistributed to families and individuals living in hygiene poverty. 
  • We recycle and re-use batteries

Room hire charges per hour

Hire of library space per hour (* community rate per hour) Rate during library opening hours Rate outside of library opening hours 

Durning Library : Phone 0207 926 8682


Durning Library small meeting room £20  (*£10) N/A
Durning Adult Library – weekdays N/A £50 (*£40)
Durning Adult Library – weekend N/A £60 (*£50)
Durning Children's Library weekdays N/A £40 (*£30)
Durning Children's Library weekend N/A  £50 (*£40)
Durning Adult and Children's Library N/A £70 (*£60)
Equipment hire charges for on-site room bookings Per hire
Stage £30
Glasses 25p per glass
Tea / coffee £3 per person



167 Kennington Lane
SE11 4HF



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

There is a hearing assistance system at the enquiry desk and staff are trained to use the system.

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

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Venue notes


Opening times

Venue opening times
Day Opening times
Monday 1pm - 6pm
Tuesday 10am - 6pm

10am - 8pm

Thursday Closed
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sundays Closed
Bank Holidays Closed

Durning Library will be closed 22nd November until 9th December for a new accessible entrance to be installed.


Arthur Lech
Job title:
Library manager