In functional analysis and related areas of mathematics, barrelled spaces are Hausdorff topological vector spaces for which every barrelled set in the space is a neighbourhood for the zero vector. A barrelled set or a barrel in a topological vector space is a set which is convex, balanced, absorbing and closed. Barrelled spaces are studied because a form of the Banach–Steinhaus theorem still holds for them.
- In a semi normed vector space the closed unit ball is a barrel.
- Every locally convex topological vector space has a neighbourhood basis consisting of barrelled sets.
- Fréchet spaces, and in particular Banach spaces, are barrelled, but generally a normed vector space is not barrelled.
- Montel spaces are barrelled. Consequently, strong duals of Montel spaces are barrelled (since they are Montel spaces).
- locally convex spaces which are Baire spaces are barrelled.
For a Hausdorff locally convex space with continuous dual the following are equivalent:
- X is barrelled,
- every -bounded subset of the continuous dual space X' is equicontinuous (this provides a partial converse to the Banach-Steinhaus theorem),
- for all subsets A of the continuous dual space X', the following properties are equivalent: A is 
- relatively weakly compact,
- strongly bounded,
- weakly bounded,
- X carries the strong topology ,
- every lower semi-continuous semi-norm on is continuous,
- the 0-neighborhood bases in X and the fundamental families of bounded sets in correspond to each other by polarity.
- Every sequentially complete quasibarrelled space is barrelled.
- A barrelled space need not be Montel, complete, metrizable, unordered Baire-like, nor the inductive limit of Banach spaces.
A topological vector space for which every barrelled bornivorous set in the space is a neighbourhood of is called a quasi-barrelled space, where a set is bornivorous if it absorbs all bounded subsets of . Every barrelled space is quasi-barrelled.
For a locally convex space with continuous dual the following are equivalent:
- is quasi-barrelled,
- every bounded lower semi-continuous semi-norm on is continuous,
- every -bounded subset of the continuous dual space is equicontinuous.
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