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Barbican Music Library

Visit us for:

  • DVDs and the largest selection of CDs in any London 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.

Unsigned London 

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

Gilbert and Sullivan Society Library

Barbican Music Library houses the Library of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society. For a list of books available in the collection, and for further information, please visit the Gilbert and Sullivan Society website and use the link "Library List" on that page. Please call or email in advance of your visit if you wish to consult an item in from the Gilbert and Sullivan Society Library, and please note these books are for reference only.

What's happening
Women in Jazz
16 Oct 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
00:00 - 23:59
Barbican Library

An exhibition of the rich contribution women have made to jazz over the last 100 years, and of the talented upcoming generation who herald an exciting new era.

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Drawing London exhibition
30 Nov 2018 - 22 Dec 2018
09:30 - 16:00
Barbican Library

An exhibition of oils, watercolours and drawings celebrating London life.

Find out more about Drawing London exhibition
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