Local History Library
Where to find us
We look forward to welcoming you to the Local History Library and Archive, which you will reach by entering the John Harvard public library through its front entrance on Borough High Street and walking through to the rear of the space.
Please note that our opening hours are different from those of the John Harvard Library.
Hours of Opening
Monday and Thursday 10am to 7pm
Tuesday and Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday 10am to 3pm
How to get to the library
Train: We are about ten minutes' walk from London Bridge rail station
Bus: 21, 35, 40, 133, 343 and 344 pass or stop near the library
Car: On street car parking is very limited due to roadworks. Contact Transport for London for the latest parking situation in the area. The building is within the Congestion Charge zone.
Tube: We are very close to Borough tube station (Northern Line) and London Bridge (Jubilee Line)
Local History Library resources
Southwark's range of historical experience is a story vividly told through surviving documents. We have gathered these historical sources at Southwark Local History Library and Archive along with information on changes in Southwark today. Please see our Collections page for more details
How to use the Local History Library and Archive by the Cuming Museum Youth Panel
Young people from the Cuming Museum’s Youth Panel have been inspired by historic films from the collection at Southwark Local History Library and Archive. They received a Young Roots grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to make three short films in 2013 on the theme of Growing Up in Southwark.
This film shows young people how they can use these fascinating resources for their own personal research. It provides a useful introduction for anyone visiting us for the first time.
You can see their other films, Community Life and Passport to the Future on the Cuming Museum’s Getting Involved page.