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. It is open to all.

The works are available for reference only. They are accessed on request from a member of the Barbican Music Library staff. Please call or email the music library before your visit, giving the volume(s) you wish to consult.

Access the music library online catalogue via

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.

Please direct questions or comments about the society collection to

[email protected]

Getting there

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 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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