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Visiting Southwark Archives

John Harvard Library
Entrance to John Harvard Library which leads to Southwark Archives


211 Borough High Street
SE1 1JA 

How to get there

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

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

The searchroom is closed on Bank Holidays when the rest of the building is closed, or if we cannot safely provide access to the collections. We strongly recommend that you book an appointment for every visit.

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Facilities and services

  • Archive collections of the London Borough of Southwark and the metropolitan boroughs and civil parishes that came before it.
  • Records of organisations people, families, and properties
  • Local history books and pamphlets

Find out more about our collections

  • Information on researching your family history
  • Free access to Ancestry Library edition
  • Slides and microfiche
  • Maps and plans
  • Newspaper archives (hard copies and online)
  • Printing, photocopying and scanning facilities
  • Film and audio archives
  • Photo archives
  • Bookable research spaces
  • Computers and Wi-Fi - 3 PCs available for public use
  • Public toilets and baby change facilities


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

Page last updated: 03 January 2024


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