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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

Email Barbican Music Library 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 Barbican Music Library

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
Making Music Together: A celebration of leisure-time music in the UK
Date:
16 Jan 2019 - 23 Mar 2019
Time:
00:00 - 23:59
Location:
Barbican Library
Cost:
Free

An exhibition celebrating the scale and breadth of the leisure-time music scene and the positive impact it has.

Find out more about Making Music Together: A celebration of leisure-time music in the UK
Towers of the City and Finsbury - Sketches by Jane Northcote
Date:
01 Feb 2019 - 27 Feb 2019
Time:
00:00 - 23:59
Location:
Barbican Library
Cost:
Free

A series of watercolour drawings, prints and etchings celebrating towers and tower blocks.

Find out more about Towers of the City and Finsbury - Sketches by Jane Northcote
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