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Barbican Music Library

Visit us for:

  • DVDs and the largest selection of CDs in any UK public library
  • Scores, music books and magazines
  • Listening booths 
  • Friendly, expert staff

Piano hire

We have two electronic pianos available for customers to use, free of charge and we provide headphones in exchange for ID.

Pianos can be booked for up to one hour per day, either on the day or one day in advance. Any un-booked sessions will be available on a first come, first served basis to all users. Sessions may be forfeited if you are more than 10 minutes late. 

Vocal scores and orchestral sets for hire

We can borrow orchestral sets and vocal scores on behalf of orchestras and choirs based in the City of London. To be eligible to borrow sets, your regular rehearsal venue must be within the City of London.

The following information must be provided when placing orders:

  • Name of your group
  • Composer, title and edition (where known) of the piece
  • Number of copies required
  • Date they are needed by (one month to six weeks notice required)
  • Date of your performance

Charges are per copy/set per day:

  • Vocal scores: £1 per loan and 22p overdue fines
  • Orchestral sets: £35 per loan per set and £1 overdue fines

Contact  for all enquiries/bookings.

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Promotes music by artists without a record deal who are based in the London area by stocking their CDs in the library. We accept music of all genres and it is a great and easy way of promoting your music and attracting new fans as the public can borrow the CDs for free.

If you are a musician or in a band and you would like to donate a CD of your music to the library, drop by or email

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
Talk by April Wood
24 Jan 2018
19:00 - 20:00
Barbican Library
Free but turn up early to avoid disappointment – doors open 6.30pm

Hear an illustrated talk April Wood.

Find out more about Talk by April Wood
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