Elephant and Castle

New Walworth Library and Southwark Heritage Centre

Southwark Council is honouring its commitment to provide a new library and heritage centre on the Walworth Road. Cabinet agreed on the 22 January to secure units within the brand new Elephant Park development, on long-term lease from developer, Lendlease. Work to prepare the new library and heritage centre is underway and the council will work closely with the local community and schools, to make sure that it meets the needs of the community.

The frontage of the new library and heritage centre occupies a prominent position on the Walworth Road, adding to a streetscape of shops and restaurants, inviting both existing and new audiences to the area and helping to make sure that Walworth remains a desirable destination for all.

In addition to essential library services such as reading, community meeting space, children’s reading and rhyme time sessions, computer and internet services, to list a few, the new centre will include space for heritage and cultural displays, creating an opportunity to showcase some of the Cuming Collection and celebrate Southwark’s great heritage.

The new centre will host a rolling programme of heritage displays and educational activities for children and young people. We'll use innovative ways to engage new audiences in celebrating the heritage and culture of Southwark and use the centre as a launch pad to take our rich heritage across the borough.

We'll keep this page up to date with consultation opportunities and progress on the delivery of this exciting new community facility.

Consultation 3

Come to our public drop in session at John Harvard Library on Thursday 21 November from 4pm to 8pm

Bright ideas consultation

Thanks for sharing your bright ideas! The first phase of Southwark’s consultation was to understand what people loved about libraries and museums, what they'd like to have in the new Walworth Library and Southwark Heritage Centre and to hear people's individual Southwark stories.

It's obvious from the passionate and enthusiastic responses that libraries and museums are at the heart of our communities and they help our individual and societal growth and learning throughout our lives. It's important for everyone to feel welcome at libraries and musuems and for them to provide a wide range of information, learning, activities and events. They're great places to gather together and also to focus and enjoy on our own.

Please find the bright ideas consultation report here.

This information will form part of the design briefs for the new centre and will help us deliver a successful new facility.

Page last updated: 21 November 2019