General info


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The Barbican Library is a vibrant public library in the heart of the Barbican Centre with books, spoken word recordings, DVDs, CDs and scores available for loan to all visitors

The Barbican Library prides itself on particular strengths in music (including listening facilities and practice pianos), arts, children's and financial sections as well as Internet access and self-service photocopying.

Membership is available to those who live, work or study in the City of London, and regular visitors to the Barbican.

Visit us for:

  • A dedicated children's and music library
  • Special collections in art, music, finance and London
  • Graphic novels, books and audio books
  • A home delivery service
  • CDs, DVDs and language sets
  • Free Wi-Fi and computers with internet access
  • Reading groups
  • Friendly, expert staff

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In the Barbican Children's Library

Mischief Makers, Summer Reading Challenge, Barbican Children's Library,

Mischief Makers - The Summer Reading Challenge

14 Jul—8 Sep 2018

Children aged from 6 to 11 are invited to take the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge - read six books over the long summer holiday. This year's Challenge theme is 'Mischief Makers'.

How to take part:  Register for the Challenge at the Barbican Children’s Library. Choose some books, borrow them and read them at home. When they are finished, come into the library between 10am-12 noon or 2pm-4pm and tell us about what they have read. For each book they read they receive a prize and if they read six books they receive a medal and certificate at our special Guildhall ceremony on Monday 8 October. 

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Listening Station

Visitors can now listen to a selection of both new and classic vinyl albums at the Music Library's listening station, kindly gifted to the library by audio-technica and naim.


Exhibiting in the Library

Individuals and groups of artists are able to apply to hold an exhibition of their work in the Barbican Library Foyer space. Find out more about this opportunity and how you can apply for an exhibition by downloading the Exhibition Information sheet, opposite.

Barbican Library