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 getting 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.


Please tell us your bright ideas for the new library and heritage centre to help inform our design brief. The first phase of consultation is available online from the 15 April until the 10 June here. You can also drop into your local library and make comments. We look forward to hearing from you!

Page last updated: 11 July 2019