London Borough of Barnet

Library membership

Anyone can become a member of Barnet libraries

Joining the library allows you to borrow books, DVDs, CDs and talking books.  It also gives you:

How to join the library

There are two ways to become a library member:

  • by completing a membership form in the library
  • by completing an e-membership form online

However you choose to join you will need to show us proof of your current address when you collect your ticket. This can be:

  • a bank statement
  • utility bill (no more the 3 months old)
  • other official document (TV licence, council tax bill, pension book).

If you do not have any of these you may bring an official letter from your employer confirming your address in Barnet. 

If you are aged 15 or under you will need to get a parent or guardian to sign your application form.

If you apply online you will need to collect your ticket from the library of your choice. You will be informed when your ticket is ready for collection and you will need to bring your identification document with you. 

Using your library card

We will also give you a PIN number so that you can use the library computers and our online services.

Please remember to bring your library card with you if you want to borrow or renew items in the library. You can also renew items by phone or online. You will need your PIN number to do this online.  

Specialist library tickets

If you are a childminder, preschool leader or foster carer you can have a special ticket for books to share with the children in your care. 

  • Childminders can borrow an additional 14 items, plus themed story boxes. Standard loan periods and charges apply.
  • Preschool leaders can borrow up to 30 items, plus themed story boxes. Books are loaned for 100 days and non-book items for standard loan periods. Standard charges apply.
  • Foster carers can borrow an additional 20 books for up to six weeks, 2 DVDs (U, PG and 12 certificates) free of charge and themed story boxes.

To obtain a childminder, preschool or foster carer library ticket you must show proof of name and address and your OFSTED or Local Authority registration documents.

If you have trouble reading standard sized print, you may be entitled to a special ticket which entitles you to free talking book loans. To obtain a special ticket you will need to provide a letter from your doctor in addition to proof of your name and address.  

Applications for specialist tickets can only be made in the library.