John Harvard Library

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John Harvard Library
John Harvard Library Street View.jpg
General information
Type Public Library
Address 211 Borough High Street
Town or city London, England

John Harvard Library is a public lending library on Borough High Street in Southwark, London. The library is home to the Local History Library, as well as a Mouse Tail Coffee Stories cafe.[1]

The library bears the name of Southwark clergyman John Harvard (1607–1638), who emigrated to Massachusetts and bequeathed most of his estate, including hundreds of books, to the college now known as Harvard University.

Anyone can join John Harvard Library, regardless of whether they live in Southwark.[2] Library membership allows patrons access to free Wi-Fi, and there are 24 computers with Internet access, all of which are available for public use. There are 38 adult study spaces, and facilities are handicap-accessible. In addition to offering many programs and services for both adults and children, the library hosts discussion groups and free computer classes. Its collection includes books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, and PlayStation 3 games.[3]

In early 2010, John Harvard Library converted its collection of more than 30,000 circulating materials to utilize radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology produced by 3M. This company also outfitted several Southwark libraries with 3M SelfCheck systems at the time, giving patrons the option of checking items out themselves without consulting the circulation desk.[4]


  1. ^ "Mouse Tail Coffee Stories". Retrieved 2016-10-11. 
  2. ^ "Join the library". Southwark Council. Retrieved 2016-10-11. 
  3. ^ "John Harvard Library". Southwark Council. Retrieved 2016-10-11. 
  4. ^ Mamta03 (2010-01-30). "Canada: 3M helps Southwark libraries move into the future". TendersInfo (Mumbai, India). Retrieved 2016-10-11 – via NewsBank. 

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