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Shoe Lane 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.

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Email Shoe Lane Library
020 7583 7178
Textphone 020 7332 3803

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    Opening hours

    Monday 9.30am - 5.30pm
    Tuesday 9.30am - 6.30pm
    Wednesday 9.30am - 5.30pm
    Thursday 9.30am - 5.30pm
    Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm

    The library is closed on bank holidays.

    Christmas 2019

    Tuesday 24 December closing at 3pm
    Wednesday 25 December to Friday 27 December: closed
    Tuesday 31 December closing at 3pm
    Wednesday 1 January 2020: closed


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