The Barbican Library

The library of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society is housed in the Music Library at the Barbican Centre, London.

Gilbert and Sullivan Society library at the Barbican Music Library

The Collection has over 300 books include recent publications, standard references, works from earlier generations and a comprehensive range of libretti and scores. The Collection is open to all – you do not have to be a member of the Society or the Barbican Library. The works are available for reference only and may not be removed from the library. They are accessed on request from a member of the Barbican Music Library staff.

The Collection may be searched via the music library online catalogue at: then use the Search the catalogue, renew and reserve button.

Searches will bring up books held in the main music library in addition to those in the G&S collection. Access to books from the main library requires library membership.

The Society Librarian welcomes questions about the Collection and suggestions for new additions and may be contacted via: [email protected]

Getting to the Barbican Library
The Barbican Complex is housed in the heart of the City of London. Moorgate and Barbican Underground stations are within close walking distance. The Society’s library is located in the Barbican Music Library, downstairs from the Main Library. It is wheelchair accessible and disabled parking is available. The postal address is Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS.

Music enquiries: 020 7638 0672

Email: [email protected]

Opening hours
Monday and Wednesday 9.30 am – 5.30 pm
Tuesday and Thursday 9.30 am – 7.30 pm
Friday 9.30 am – 5.30 pm
Saturday 9.30 am – 4.00 pm
The library is closed on Sundays and bank holidays



The Gilbert and Sullivan Society is a charity registered in England and Wales - charity no. 1062970 This website was made possible by a generous legacy from Vice-President Peter Parker.
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