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Barbican Library


On government advice, we had to close all our libraries from 5th November – 2nd December and we have extended the due dates for all items on loan until 11 January 2021. However, the regulations around closure have been published and there are certain exemptions and services that our libraries will be able to offer during this period. Government advice is very clear about staying away from public transport but if you can walk or cycle to our libraries, we shall be offering the following services from Monday 9th November:

Select and Collect

It’s simple! Have a look at our catalogue. If any book is showing as being on the shelves in any of our libraries, you can phone during opening hours or email us, we will find it for you, issue it to your ticket and tell you when you can collect it. You can request up to 12 books, but don’t forget you will have to carry them home! Please contact the library from which you intend to collect your item(s). Tell us exactly what you want (authors, titles or genres), give us your name, your membership number and a contact telephone number and we will be in touch. You can bring any items you wish to return with you and please, bring a bag for your books. 

At Barbican Library, we will operate this service from the rear of the library, opposite Shakespeare Tower. Staff will give you directions when they confirm your books are ready for collection. 

During this time, staff will still continue to run virtual clubs, groups, talk and children’s activities.  Please check our website; and social media pages for details.


Barbican Library

Phone 02076380569


Hours of operation 11.00 – 3.30 Monday - Friday

The Barbican Library is the City of London's leading public lending library with books, Spoken Word recordings, DVDs, CDs and scores available for loan.

Our particular strengths are in music (including listening facilities and a practice piano), arts, children's and financial sections as well as Internet access and self-service photocopying. 

We are fully accessible by wheelchair and have a variety of access facilities including hearing induction loops, a reading magnifier machine and enhanced computer screen viewing and listening facilities.

Who to contact

020 7638 0569 (General Library)
020 7638 0672 (Music Library)
020 7628 9447 (Children’s Library)
Barbican Library - Visitor Information

Where to go

Barbican Library
Barbican Centre
Silk Street
24hr renewals line: 020 7638 0568 Facebook:


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