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Barbican Library

Visit us for:

  • Friendly, expert staff
  • Books, audio books and graphic novels
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • CDs, DVDs and language sets
  • Special collections in art, music, finance and London
  • A dedicated children's and music library
  • Free Wi-Fi and computers with internet access
  • Reading groups
  • Events, exhibitions and activities for all ages
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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
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Children's library enquiries
020 7628 9447
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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, Christmas and Easter Eves.


    Barbican Library
    Silk Street
    London, EC2Y 8DS
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What's happening
It's NOT Only Rock 'n' Roll
04 Apr 2019 - 29 Jun 2019
00:00 - 23:59
Barbican Library

An exhibition showcasing photographer Mark Allans striking prints of artists such as David Bowie, Britney Spears and Tina Turner.

Find out more about It's NOT Only Rock 'n' Roll
Ramona Galardi - Identity and Other Journeys
04 Jun 2019 - 26 Jun 2019
00:00 - 23:59
Barbican Library

Artist and therapist Ramona Galardi takes us into her world, exploring identity, the masks we wear, our environment and journeys into wellbeing

Find out more about Ramona Galardi - Identity and Other Journeys
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