Barbican complex, the Barbican Library serves Londoners and suburban commuters alike, with the city's largest public lending library. Membership requires only a name and address, as well as a reasonable expectation of use.
One of their core values is to support the business community, especially small and medium-sized businesses, with materials on business, finance, and online resources. The library serves mostly men, unlike most public libraries, between the ages of 18 and 40, as they commute to and from work. This means that reading materials should be very accessible and ease of checkout is paramount, so that time is not wasted.
Short business hours are a problem for the library, as more staff is not an option. However, one computer (filtered) is available in the hall outside the library, as well as a book return, and the busiest time for the library is between noon and two. The library tries to employ 5 library school interns, with pay, who can offer different expertise to their operation. Another branch is planned for the east of the city.
The library has income targets that include late fees and fees for DVD and CD rentals. Mostly supported by the city, these charges are necessary to make up for the cost of buying the materials. Music albums are only available three weeks after the release date.
|RFID Book Return Machine outside |