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John Harvard Library
John Harvard and the Local History Library


211 Borough High Street
SE1 1JA 

How to get there

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

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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

Children: weekly and monthly activities

  • Baby and toddler sessions - every Monday, 10am to 11.30am (ages 0 to 4)
  • Baby rhyme time sessions- every Tuesday, 10.45am to 11.30am (ages 0 to 4) (term time only)
  • Homework help - every Wednesday, 4pm to 6pm (term time only)
  • Bookstart sessions - every Thursday, 10am to 11.30am (ages 0 to 4) (term time only)
  • ChatterBooks - fourth Thursday of every month, 3.30pm to 4.30pm (ages 7 to 11)
  • Saturday Craft Club - every Saturday 2pm to 3pm, for all the family
  • CoderDojo, learn to code, build websites, create apps and more - first Saturday of every month, 11am to 1pm (ages 8 to 17, see Coderdojo website to book)

Adults: weekly and monthly activities

  • Carousel book group - reading a different genre each month - third Friday of every month, 6pm to 7pm (Contact Emma Sweeney for more details)
  • Classic literature book group - last Monday of every month, 1pm to 2pm (contact Sharif Choudhury for more details)
  • Beginning Reading - a small and friendly sessions run by a qualified and experienced Adult Literacy tutor. Every Tuesday from 7 January 2020, 2pm to 4pm
  • Scrabble club - fourth Tuesday of every month, 5pm to 7pm
  • Starting with computers, email and the internet - every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 2pm to 3pm; Friday and Saturday, 11am to 12pm (booking required in the library)
  • Help with job hunting online - every Wednesday, 11am to 12pm and Friday, 2pm to 3pm (booking required in the library)

What else is on offer  


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

Page last updated: 20 February 2020