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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 UK public library, listening booths and orchestral sets 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 - 2pm
    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
The Centre for Russian Music: Inside the Collections
27 Dec 2017 - 28 Mar 2018
00:00 - 23:59
Barbican Library

The Centre for Russian Music at Goldsmiths, University of London, opens up its collections for display at Barbican Music Library.

Find out more about The Centre for Russian Music: Inside the Collections
Let's talk!
20 Mar 2018
10:30 - 12:30
Barbican Library
Free, no booking required

Do you want more confidence speaking English? Join us every Tuesday to improve your English.

Find out more about Let's talk!
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