General info


Photo of bookshelves in the Barbican Library

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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Follow the Barbican Libraries on Facebook; Twitter @barbicanlib, @barbicanmusic and @barbicankids; Instagram and Pinterest.

Architecture Tours

Brutal or beautiful? Join us for a walking tour and discover the fascinating history behind the building of the Barbican Estate

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