London Borough of Barnet

Local studies and archives

Do you want to know more about the history of the London Borough of Barnet or trace your family history? Then contact the Local Studies and Archives Centre . You can visit the centre and discover; 

  • a unique collection of historical documents dating from 1600
  • a range of records in different formats, such as photographs, maps, archives, newspapers and publications representing people, places and buildings 

 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

To visit the Centre you must book in advance by email  or by telephoning 020 8359 3960.

There are many materials held in the information area of Hendon Library, which you can view without an appointment. These include:

  • local histories and biographies
  • modern electoral registers (1965 to 2010)
  • historical local newspapers (held on microfilm)
If you wish to use the microfilm reader booking is recommended.

How you can  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