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Barbican Library

Visit us for:

  • A dedicated children's and music library
  • Special collections in art, music, finance and London
  • Graphic novels, books and audio books
  • A home delivery service
  • CDs, DVDs and language sets
  • Free Wi-Fi and computers with internet access
  • Reading groups
  • Friendly, expert staff
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    Barbican Children's Library

    A wide range of books for children of all ages, storytimes, rhymetimes and events for children and families

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    Barbican Music Library

    The largest collection of CDs in a London public library, with listening booths, electronic pianos, and sheet music & books for hire.

​Contact us

General enquiries 
020 7638 0569

Children's library enquiries 
020 7628 9447

Music library enquiries
020 7638 0672

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    Opening hours

    Monday 9.30am - 5.30pm
    Tuesday 9.30am - 7.30pm
    Wednesday 9.30am - 5.30pm
    Thursday 9.30am - 7.30pm
    Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm
    Saturday 9.30am - 4pm

    The library is closed on bank holidays.


    Barbican Library
    Silk Street
    London, EC2Y 8DS
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What's happening
Making Music Together: A celebration of leisure-time music in the UK
16 Jan 2019 - 23 Mar 2019
00:00 - 23:59
Barbican Library

An exhibition celebrating the scale and breadth of the leisure-time music scene and the positive impact it has.

Find out more about Making Music Together: A celebration of leisure-time music in the UK
Writing Course with Rachel Knightley
26 Jan 2019
13:30 - 15:30
Barbican Library
Free. To attend this free first session only, email Rachel at at above link.

Foundation Stage: Your Creative Writing Toolkit Boost your skills and confidence.

Find out more about Writing Course with Rachel Knightley
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