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

All Lambeth Libraries and Better Leisure Centres are closed following government advice to close gyms, shops and other buildings due to coronavirus. Read our full statement on the closure.

167 Kennington Lane
SE11 4HF

Opening times

Day Opening times
Monday 1pm to 6pm
Tuesday 10am to 6pm
Wednesday 10am to 8pm
Thursday Closed
Friday 10am to 6pm
Saturday 9am to 5pm
Sundays Closed
Bank Holidays Closed

Facilities and services

FacilityFacility notes

Popular box sets also available

Community language books

French and Bengali

Free use of computers

Up to 2 hours free use for library member's

Free Wi-Fi
Reference and information service

Access for people with disabilities

FacilityFacility notes
Large print keyboard
Screen magnifier and screen readerSupernova, Thunder
Various formats Large print, spoken word books, books on prescription
Disabled toilet
Wheelchair access Ramp access at the rear of library, via Fowley House, White Hart Street

Recycling and re-use

ItemRecycleRe-useRepairBorrow / Hire

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 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)

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