Southwark Heritage Centre and Walworth Library

This multi-use community space provides a combined library and heritage service. Visitors can enjoy unique access to the borough’s historic collections alongside a state-of-the-art library and a range of spaces for meetings and study.

Visitor information

Featured exhibition: Southwark Today
This temporary exhibition shares the voices and perspectives of the people who make up Southwark today. It was created with a range of community groups to creatively draw out and document their stories. Until 30 June 2023. Find out more.

Walworth library

Browse 20,000 new books and find inspiration in the historical artefacts you’ll discover among the shelves. The space also provides bookable public PCs for adults and children, quiet study spaces and a mix of comfortable and casual seating.  

The Story of Southwark exhibition gallery

The centre’s permanent display from the council’s heritage collections delves into the themes of Place, People, Work and Play.

The World Wall

A celebration of world cultures. This permanent display showcases the centre’s rarer historic objects from across the globe.

The Faraday Room

A unique experience for your meeting. This digitally silent space is inspired by local inventor Michael Faraday and the concept of the Faraday cage. Book this space if you want to switch off and focus.

Activity room

A convenient space for small group workshops and events.

The Stairplace

With seating for 50 people, this flexible event space is perfect for talks, story times and performances.

The Lounge

This bookable meeting room doubles as a reading space with 14 seats around the table plus 14 couch seats.

Walworth Library
Walworth Library
World Wall
The World Wall
The Faraday Room
The Faraday Room
The Stairplace
The Stairplace

Page last updated: 17 June 2022

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