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Local History Library

Where to find us

London Bridge

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
Wednesday Closed
Saturday 10am to 3pm
Sunday Closed

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.


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Local History Library

Address: John Harvard Library
211 Borough High Street

Tel: 020 7525 0232



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Southwark Council
PO BOX 64529
London SE1P 5LX

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