City Corporation weighs up Barbican Library’s offering


The Barbican Library in the heart of the iconic Brutalist estate could get a community space for the first time.

The City Corporation, which runs the library in the world-famous arts centre complex, is thinking about creating a new community hub.

While the library was “very radical” when it was built, “it does not work as well as it should” as a modern library.

The Corporation’s culture, heritage and libraries committee heard that there is no meeting space in the library which could be hired out by community groups.

Library staff are looking at how they could create such a space within the popular library so it could play a new role in the heart of the community.

It would help the Corporation offer extra space for its residents and community groups to meet, without having to spend extra money hiring rooms from commercial firms.

The committee heard on 13 May that the Corporation-wide fundamental review has put the idea “on the back burner” for now.

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