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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 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.

    Christmas

    Tuesday 24 December to Thursday 26 December: closed;
    Tuesday 31 December: closing at 5.30pm;
    Wednesday 1 January 2020: closed.

    Address

    Barbican Library
    Silk Street
    London, EC2Y 8DS
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What's happening
40 x 40: a Celebration of Print
Date:
03 Dec 2019 - 31 Dec 2019
Time:
00:00 - 23:59
Location:
Barbican Library
Cost:
Free

A free art exhibition taking place in the foyer of the Barbican Library

Find out more about 40 x 40: a Celebration of Print
Let's Talk
Date:
10 Dec 2019
Time:
10:30 - 12:30
Location:
Barbican Library
Cost:
Free

A conversation group for learning English

Find out more about Let's Talk
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