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 Visit the library for

  • Sheet music and scores including chamber music sets, vocal scores, songbooks, full scores and much more all available for loan
  • Books about music and music magazines
  • The largest selection of CDs in any London public library with strong holdings across a wide range of genres, plus music DVDs
  • CD listening booths
  • Music electronic resources including classical music streaming service Naxos Music Library (log in with library card no. starting with P, prefixed by CL) 
  • Music eBooks
  • Friendly, expert staff
  • Regular music exhibitions and events

The Library is wheelchair accessible and there is disabled parking available. Please see the Barbican Centre website for more information.


If you would like to sponsor our programmes for adults and children, please consider making a donation to our libraries. 100% of all monies received from donations comes to the Barbican and Community Libraries service.

Barbican & Community Libraries Strategy PDF (700KB)
Date submitted: 9/06/21

This document details the ambitions of the City of London’s lending libraries and shows how their work links with corporate and national objectives.

Search the Barbican Library Song Index

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. 

Call or email to make a booking. 

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 25p overdue fines
  • Orchestral sets: £45 per loan per set and £1 overdue fines

Email the Barbican Music Library team for all enquiries/bookings.

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 the Barbican Music Library Team.

Barbican Music Library houses the Library of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society which is for reference only. For a list of items in the collection, and for further information, please visit the Gilbert and Sullivan Society website and use the link "Library List" on that page. To request an item from the Gilbert and Sullivan Library please call or email the Barbican Music Library in advance of your visit.