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Sorry, but we must close!

Tier 4 & high Covid infection rates mean the library will close for now.
With deepest regret we have made this decision.

We need to ensure that our staff, volunteers and users are safe.

Stay safe everyone and see you soon!

FKRL Libray in sun Jan 2019




We are opening in phases, to enable all of us to get used to the new procedures.
So to begin with, the library’s hours will be Wednesday afternoons 2pm – 5pm and Saturday mornings 10am -1pm.
FKRL Covid reception Dec 2020
Phase 1 services will comprise loans and returns (at last you can return your ‘Lockdown Loans’!) and 15 minutes browsing only.
No computer or printing services.
There will be social distancing of course, and a maximum of 6 patrons allowed inside at any one time.
Hand sanitiser and other safety measures will be in place, signage with instructions, and volunteers who will help.
All children under 12 must be supervised by an accompanying adult at all times.
Hours and services to be increased in subsequent phases.
We can’t wait to see you again!
FKRL ibrary with covid screens 2 Nov 2020

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Kensal Rise has a Story

Tuesday 7.30pm 10 November 2020

Film maker & writer John Rogers talks about his audio visual portrait of a London neighbourhood, in collaboration with
Kensal Rise Library.
FKRL John Rogers talk Nov 2019

At this free virtual event, John will talk and take questions about his portrait of the community surrounding Kensal Rise Library.

John says: “It’s a portrait of the community in their own words. By ‘community’, I mean the community of the library. Where it becomes geographic is that the emphasis is on the subjective responses to the environment and the changes within that environment, rather than looking for some objective, dry, historical overview of the area, or even contemporary commentary on the area.”

John’s work unfolds as a series of interviews with locals, drawing on their memories of the changing streets, communities and the library. These stories are accessed via plaques dotted around the neighbourhood, from which the audio can be downloaded.

The library itself represents community activism and struggle: Kensal Rise Library was closed by Brent Council in 2011. But following the community’s long battle – including taking the council to the High Court – locals have reclaimed and refurbished the ground floor, which they now run independently of the local authority.

John Rogers is an artist, filmmaker and author of This Other London – adventures in the overlooked city. He directed the feature documentaries The London Perambulator (2009), Make Your Own Damn Art – the world of Bob and Roberta Smith (2012), London Overground (2016) and In the Shadow of the Shard (2018). He produced and co-presented the popular Resonance FM radio show and podcast on walking, Ventures and Adventures in Topography. He also produces a regular series of walking videos on his YouTube channel.

John’s work is part of Brent London Borough of Culture 2020.

To register for this event:

Kensal Rise Community Library receives no regular funding from the Council.

You can help us by buying a lottery ticket. You could win £25,000. Please play via this link for just £1 per ticket:

Thank you!

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Though the library is temporarily closed, we are still partnering local Mutual Aid COVID-19 initiatives.
FKRL Covid 19 K G Mutual Aid logo Jun 2020
These have included clothes drops for homeless adults and children from disadvantaged families, as well as a socially distanced music festival of hugely talented, local performers.
fkrl Library 1 Kensal Covid collection interior shot June 2020
Also during the Library’s physical closure, the  Virtual Poetry Group regularly meets for lively and illuminating discussion.
FKRL Remote poetry image May 2020
With John Rogers we are creating a social mapping project for the Brent London Borough of Culture.
FKRL John Rogers flyer Aug 2020
We are looking forward to recommencing our partnerships with other local organisations and charities for the benefit of the community, as soon as we can safely do so.

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We are currently making plans to re-open the library, hopefully by the end of September, beginning of October. 
There are many considerations and protocols to put in place to ensure the library is safe for everyone –  our wonderful volunteers, staff and users.
 We can’t wait to welcome you back to your Kensal Rise Library.
We know many of you are itching to return your books and borrow fresh ones.
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When we do open, our services and hours will be reduced.
We hope to extend services and hours in a gradual, phased recovery.
Safety is paramount and so we have to be cautious; we thank all our supporters and users for their understanding
All the borough’s community libraries remain closed for now.
Of Brent Council’s libraries,  Willesden, Wembley, Ealing and Kilburn are now open, with reduced hours and services.

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Join Our Virtual Poetry Group

 Enjoy reading and discussing the old and the new in the comfort of  your own home.

BYO refreshments!

We’ll be looking at poems that have a particular resonance just now for the participants who have chosen them.

The initial session includes works by Carol Ann Duffy and Dorothy Parker.

Choose your own (short) poem, or just join to listen and discuss.

Future sessions will focus on particular poets and themes.

The Virtual Poetry Group takes place by Zoom.

To join, just email: 

FKRL Remote poetry image May 2020



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Please Support the Library!

Want to support the library during lockdown and when we re-open?

Play Brent’s Community Lottery and get the chance to win £25,000 every week – and help Kensal Rise Library.

FKRL twitter Brent lottery Jan 2019Dear Friends,

We sincerely hope you and your loved ones are well.

Have you heard of the fun way you can support the library remotely –

helping us to re-open after lockdown and making sure we can stay open?

You could win up to £25,000 in the Brent Community Lottery, while

supporting a worthwhile cause – Kensal Rise Library!

You can play for as little as £1 a week – and help towards the library’s bills of £100 a day. We have to keep paying the bills, even while we’re shut.

How does it work?

You can play for as little as £1 per week (£4.34 a month). 50p of every £1 you play is guaranteed to go straight to Kensal Rise Library and support our work. 10p goes to all Brent good causes (including us).  The remaining 40p will be used to provide prizes and cover administration costs. For just £1 per week you will be allocated or can choose a Brent Lottery number, which will remain yours for as long as you wish to keep playing. You can purchase more than one number if you wish. Every Saturday at 8pm, the lucky winners are selected at random and prize cheques posted directly to you, so there is no need for you to claim.

You must be 16 or over to enter.

To support the library, please visit our Lottery page:

Every ticket you buy makes our community stronger, even when we’re apart.

Thank you!

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FKRL Logo Jan 2020 (2)

From Wednesday 18 March, Kensal Rise Community Library is closing temporarily due to Covid-19.

The safety of our users, volunteers, staff – and wider community – is of the utmost importance.

We will continue to keep in touch via updates on our social media platforms:

Facebook: Save Kensal Rise Library!

Twitter: @KensalRLibrary

We regret the disruption and thank you for your understanding during this crisis.

We hope to play a role in the local initiatives that are emerging.

Margaret Bailey: Chair, Friends of Kensal Rise Library

Stephanie Schonfield: Library Manager



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Trustees Information Evening

Your Library needs New Trustees!                                      FKRL Logo Jan 2020 (2)

Information Evening
7.30pm Thursday 12 March 2020
Kensal Rise Library

We are looking for these skills/qualities:
· Good people skills (e.g. team working, problem solving)
· Knowledge of, and commitment to, the local community
· IT, Finance, Libraries, Communications, Safeguarding, HR
· Fundraising experience or connections with potential funders
· A Secretary to the Board

The commitment comprises attendance at 4 Trustees meetings a year, and from time to time a willingness to be hands on with
activities to do with the operation of the library.
This is a great opportunity to help a local popular cause with a proven track record.

Friends of Kensal Rise Library is the registered charity with educational purposes set up to save the library when it was closed by the council in 2011.
The Trustees share responsibility for governing the charity, deciding strategy and its overall operation.
For more information or an informal discussion please contact:
Margaret Bailey, Chair of FKRL,
or come to our information evening.
For more information about being a Trustee:

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Brent Community Lottery

Top Prize £25,000!

Support the library!

 Brent Community Lottery draw every Saturday at 8pm.

Win prizes up to £25,000!

Buy tickets from only £1 per week. 50% of sales go the library and 10% to other good causes in Brent. Help us reach our target.

Brent Community Lottery For Kensal Rise Library

Our Library and community space provide a much loved and valued service for everyone in the community. We all own it!

We depend on donations to keep going.

We need your help so we can continue to offer and even expand our services!

Thank you for your support and good luck!

FKRL twitter Brent lottery Jan 2019

Margaret Bailey

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Opening Hours For the Holidays

We are closed from 1pm on Saturday 21 December 2019.

We will re-open on Friday January 3 at 10am.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!


FKRL Libray in sun Jan 2019We are in the process of designing a new website – should be coming in the new year.

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