General info


Photo of Barbican Library shelves

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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Listening station

photo of listening booth

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.

The application period for the 2020 season has now closed. Forms to apply to exhibit in the 2021 season will be available from 1 May to 31 October 2019.


Exhibition Facilities (pdf)

Barbican Library