Kennington Library, in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council, has so many great books to borrow, both fiction and non fiction, and offers lots of exciting events. Membership of the library is FREE.

Please note that we have a pre-school group visit every Monday 2-3pm so please avoid this time if you can as it can be very busy.

For news, events and info on our regular sessions, for kids and adults, check out our All Posts and What’s On Pages. You can read our annual newsletter here.


Summer Read Volunteers helping out at one of our many storytime and craft events.
Summer Read Volunteers helping out at one of our many storytime and craft events.

Who are the Friends of Kennington Library (FOKL)?

FOKL is usually known as the Friends.  The Friends’ group’s aim is to keep the library thriving in Kennington. We believe that the library is a place where everyone is welcome, and invite every library user to become a member of FOKL!

img_1789Kennington Library is a Community Library.

In 2011 Kennington library was under threat of closure due to spending cuts. Horrified, the community worked together to save the library. After a tough fight the library was reprieved and became a community library. A charity called FOKL, the Friends of Kennington Library, was set up to raise money to keep the library open. It contributes a significant proportion of the running costs of the library, and supports the library staff to recruit and manage volunteers to keep the library open. FOKL raises most of its funds through the subscription fees from members known as “friends”, and through fundraising.

img_0852 The Friends make a difference.  For instance, we spearheaded the colourful library makeover in 2015 and hold regular events in the library for adults and children.  There are lots of ways you can help FOKL and your community library.

Thank you

Thanks to our president, Korky Paul, and to our sponsors:

           Small World Montessori Nursery

           Radley College

           St John’s College

           Tonks Funeral Directors

We gratefully acknowledge a grant from Kennington Parish Council towards the costs of our free events for adults and children.

If you would like to see a copy of the annual review of Policies and Procedures it is available in the library in the Friends Folder.