Barber Music Library


Barber Music Library
Barber Institute of Fine Art
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Tel: 0121 414 5852 
Fax: 0121 414 5853 


See our opening hours.

About the library

The Barber Music Library is located in the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, and houses the University's music collections, including books, journals, scores, audio and video recordings. 

Please note that the Barber Music Library will close permanently at 5pm on Friday 17 June

Work to construct a new Main Library for the University is entering its final stages and the process of relocating the Barber Music Library's collections and services will begin in earnest once the exams are over. Unfortunately there will be a lot of disruption and this can’t be avoided. To find out more please go to the New Library Project pages where there is detailed information.



The Barber Institute and its interiors have grade II listed status and has undergone very few alterations except for the provision of up to date IT facilities. The Music library boasts collections centred on 20th-century English music and Baroque music. The facilities includes:

  • Reading Room
  • Computers
  • Issue desk
  • Periodicals Room (current and back runs of music periodicals)
  • Videos and DVDs
  • Listening stations
  • Photocopy facilities
  • Audio Visual Room 


The extensive collection covers most aspects of Western classical music. Strengths include collections of late 19th century music and collected editions and anthologies. Music special collections, which include the Elgar diaries, manuscripts of works commissioned by the Feeney Trust, and the Granville Bantock collection, are housed in the Special Collections. The collection includes:

  • Printed music
  • Vinyl discs
  • Compact discs
  • Cassettes
  • Video
  • CD-ROM
  • Books
  • Journals/Newspapers
  • Theses
  • Concert programmes
  • Vocal and orchestral sets (for the use of internal, University-run ensembles only; the sets are not available for loan to external, non-University ensembles) 

Disability Support

All libraries and resource centres offer the following services:

  • Book fetching 
  • Extended loans 
  • Help with catalogue 
  • Stock transfer 
  • Text Relay 

N.B. These services are available in the Barber Music Library: 09.00-17.00 Monday - Friday, but there is no book-fetching 12.00-14.00

Facilities and access

  • Parking for people with disabilities 
  • Quiet/Silent Study area 
  • Wheelchair Access 

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