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John Harvard Library

Mouse Tail Coffee Cafe at John Harvard Library

Mouse Tail Coffee Cafe at John Harvard Library

211 Borough High Street
SE1 1JA 
email: Southwark Libraries
Fax: 020 7378 9917

How to get to the library 

    Tube: Borough or London Bridge
    Train: London Bridge
    Bus: 21, 35, 40, 133, 343

    Map of library

    Opening times

    • Monday 9am to 7pm
    • Tuesday 9am to 7pm
    • Wednesday 9am to 7pm
    • Thursday 9am to 7pm
    • Friday 9am to 7pm
    • Saturday 9am to 5pm
    • Sunday 12 noon to 4pm

    Summer activities for children - Inspired by Roald Dahl

    • Puppets and Crafts Fun Make puppets of the Fantastic Mr Fox and the Enormous Crocodile. Children can also create masks of other popular characters. Wednesday 27 July, 2pm to 3pm
    • Mr Twit’s Decorative Beard What can we find in Mr Twit’s beard? Make the beard, decorate it and dress up as Mr Twit. Borrow and read The Twits for the Summer Reading Challenge. Wednesday 3 August, 2pm to 3pm
    • We Love Matilda: Trunchbull Training We imagine what it would be like to be taught by Miss Trunchbull the scary headmistress. Come in Miss Trunchbull costume if you dare. You can also have a go at making Miss Honey’s magic finger. Wednesday 10 August, 2pm to 3pm
    • Impressive Inventions Create recipes for delicious sweets just like the ‘Candy Man’ would. Devise concoctions for marvellous medicines and think of a name for your remedy. Write a shape poem in a medicine bottle or sweet wrapper. Wednesday 17 August, 2pm to 3pm
    • The Big Friendly Readathon Roald Dahl books are great fun to read aloud so we’re going to read books together in a readathon. Everyone will read a part of the book and pass it along to the next person. Children of all ages can join in and parents are also welcome. Let’s see how big our readathon can be. Wednesday 24 August, 2pm to 3pm
    • James and the Giant Peach Come and celebrate Roald Dahl’s first classic children’s novel, James and the Giant Peach, written in 1961. Imagine what it would be like to enter a giant magical peach and the experience you could have inside? Make a giant peach and centipede mobiles. Wednesday 31 August, 2pm to 3pm


    • Kids have fun chatting about their favourite books and making related crafts. Tell us your favourite Roald Dahl Stories. Thursday 28 July 4pm to 5pm and Thursday 25 August 4pm to 5pm

    Creative Crafts

    • Explore your creative side and join in with fun crafts, animal hats, masks and bookmarks. Saturday 23 July 2pm to 3pm Saturday 30 July 2pm to 3pm, Saturday 6 August 2pm to 3pm, Saturday 13 August 2pm to 3pm, Saturday 20 August 2pm to 3pm and Saturday 27 August 2pm to 3pm

    Children: weekly and monthly activities


    Adults: weekly and monthly activities

    • Classic literature book group runs on the last Monday of every month, 1pm to 2pm. Contact Luke Evans for more information
    • Carousel book group, reading a different genre each month, runs on the second Monday of every month, 6pm to 7pm. Contact Emma Sweeney for more information
    • Conversation Cafe every Friday 11.30am-12.30pm. Practice your English with other non English speakers at this free informal meeting
    • Free computer classes and learning in libraries


    What else is on offer  

    • Books, talking books, DVDs, Blu-ray films and PS3 games to borrow
    • 38 adult study spaces available
    • Free internet access - 24 PCs available for public use
    • Photocopying facilities
    • Free internet access and Wi-Fi
    • Public toilets and baby change facilities
    • Meeting rooms for hire


    There is full wheelchair access to the library. There is a disabled access toilet.

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    Southwark Council
    PO BOX 64529
    London SE1P 5LX

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