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Newington Temporary Library

Newington Temporary Library will no longer be available from 5pm on Saturday 22 December due to the closure of the Artworks site

Your nearest alternative library is John Harvard Library, which is located at 211 Borough High Street SE1 1JA.

Newington Temporary Library
Newington Temporary Library

Library items can be returned to any Southwark library and a returns box will be available from 2 January 2019 at the Castle Leisure Centre, 2 St Gabriel Walk SE1 6FG

Southwark Council will be working towards providing a brand new building for the library in Walworth and we will aim to keep any gap in service to a minimum.


Elephant Artworks - Second floor
Elephant Road
SE17 1LB

How to get there

Bus: 12, 21, 35, 40, 45, 53, 63, 68, 136, 148, 171, 172, 176, 343, 363, 453, 468, P5
Rail: Train to Elephant & Castle
Tube: Elephant & Castle

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Opening times

  • Monday 9am to 8pm
  • Tuesday 9am to 8pm
  • Wednesday 9am to 8pm
  • Thursday 9am to 8pm
  • Friday 9am to 8pm
  • Saturday 9am to 5pm
  • Sunday 12pm to 4pm  

Children: weekly and monthly activities

  • Baby and toddler sessions - songs and stories, every Thursday 10.45am to 11.30am (ages 0 to 4)
  • Colouring Club - every Friday 4pm to 5pm
  • ChatterBooks  - book club, crafts and activities, last Tuesday of every month, 3.30pm to 4.30pm (ages 7 to 11)

Adults: weekly and monthly activities

What else is on offer


  • lift to second floor of Elephant Artworks
  • disabled toilet
  • access to Dolphin Supernova software (allows screen magnification and audio assistance for visually impaired)

Newington Library

Temporary closure of Newington Library 155-157 Walworth Road

The original Newington Library is currently closed following the Walworth Road fire on Monday 25 March 2013. The Cuming Museum also remains closed. You can follow @SouthwarkLibs and @SwkHeritage on Twitter for updates.

Page last updated: 30 November 2018