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Barbican Library

COVID-19 Update

All our lending libraries are closed for the foreseeable future. We may not physically be in the libraries but Barbican and Community Libraries staff are working very hard to create a number of online experiences for you and your families during these extraordinary times. Expect to see our first virtual Rhymetime very soon.

To ensure you don’t miss anything, please follow us on Twitter - @Barbicanlib @BarbicanMusic @Barbicankids @ShoeLaneLib @artizanlibrary - and look for and follow your library on Facebook so you can keep up with all the latest news.

We are doing our best to keep our enquiries service running. If you have an enquiry on any subject, please use social media to message the libraries or email us at Barbican Library, Shoe Lane Library or Artizan Library. We will do our very best to answer you.

In the meantime, we already have a number of free online resources for you to use. On the Internet, search for City of London Libraries eResources. You will find instructions on how to use your library membership to access eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eComics. You can also learn a new language or brush up your skills with our Transparent Languages online service.

For music lovers, have a look at Naxos, our music and video streaming service which offers library members over two million tracks to listen to from the world’s largest classical music label, and over three thousand full length videos of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts and documentaries.

If you have books or other items on loan, please don’t worry about returning them now. We have renewed them all until the end of June.

Please note that theTuesday "Let's Talk" and the Tuesday "Connect with Creativity" classes are cancelled until further notice.

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
Focusing on
  • News
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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
Email Barbican Library

Children's library enquiries
020 7628 9447
Email Barbican Children's Library

Music library enquiries
020 7638 0672
Email Barbican music Library

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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.


    Friday 10 April CLOSED

    Saturday 11 April CLOSED

    Monday 13 April CLOSED


    Barbican Library
    Silk Street
    London, EC2Y 8DS
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What's happening
Let's Talk
07 Jul 2020
10:30 - 12:30
Barbican Library

A conversation group for learning English

Find out more about Let's Talk
Games Club
09 Jul 2020
17:00 - 19:15
Barbican Library
Free, no booking required.

A friendly and informal meeting group for fans of board games.

Find out more about Games Club
All events at this location