Visiting the Local History Library and Archive

The Local History Library and Archive is based at the back of John Harvard Library, but please note that our opening hours are different.

John Harvard Library
John Harvard and the Local History Library

Address

211 Borough High Street
London
SE1 1JA 

How to get there

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

View library on map

Opening times

  • Monday 10am to 7pm
  • Tuesday 10am to 5pm
  • Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday 10am to 7pm
  • Friday 10am to 5pm
  • Saturday 10am to 3pm
  • Sunday Closed

Resources

Southwark's history is told through surviving documents, audio and film clips, and photographs. Many of these resources are available to view in the library, along with information on changes in Southwark today. Some items may be held in our archives and are not available to view immediately.

  • local history books and pamphlets
  • information on researching your family history
  • free access to Ancestry (library edition)
  • slides and microfiche
  • maps and plans
  • newspaper archives (hard copies and online)
  • film and audio archives
  • photo archives
  • 12 research spaces available
  • scanning, photocopying and printing facilities
  • free internet access - 3 PCs available for public use
  • free Wi-Fi
  • public toilets and baby change facilities

Accessibility

  • wheelchair access to the library
  • a disabled access toilet
  • computers offer Dolphin Supernova software (allows magnification and audio assistance for visually impaired)

Last updated: 13 February 2017