London Borough of Barnet

Local studies and archives

The Local Studies Centre holds a unique collection of historical documents dating from 1600. There are a range of records in different formats such as photographs, maps, archives, newspapers and publications representing people, places and buildings. The collection is freely accessible for research so why not visit the centre and make a new discovery.

You can also access a range of online resources

Opening hours

  • Monday and Tuesday - closed
  • Wednesday - 1pm - 7pm (by appointment only)
  • Thursday - 10am - 5pm (by appointment only)
  • Friday - 10am - 5pm (by appointment only)
  • Saturday and Sunday - closed

Appointments can only be booked in advance by email  or by telephoning 020 8359 3960.

Many materials held in the information area of Hendon Library are available without appointment, including: local histories and biographies, modern electoral registers (1965 to 2010), and historical local newspapers (held on microfilm). Booking is recommended for use of the microfilm reader.

How to get to the Local Studies Centre

  • buses: 143, 183, 326
  • underground: Hendon central, Northern Line - 15 minute walk
  • British Rail: Hendon, Thameslink - 15 minute walk.


  • there is a wheelchair accessible lift to all floors
  • level approach to the entrance
  • parking: two disabled spaces are available on the adjacent St. Joseph's Grove NW4.