London Borough of Barnet

Online resources

You can use the 24/7 online reference library for homework, study or general interest. You will find reliable information from some of the world's leading publishers. All these resources are free. You will need your Barnet library card and a PIN to use some of our digital services.

In every Barnet library you will also find a range of printed reference resources. Hendon library has the largest collection of reference materials.

Resources in the 24/7 reference library


  • Oxford Art Online: You can find out about all aspects of world art from pre-history to the present


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: You will find information about individuals and groups of people who have shaped the history of the British Isles over 2,500 years
  • Who's Who and Who Was Who: You can search the latest edition of Who's Who and more than 100,000 records of people from Who Was Who (people who have died)



Family history

  • Ancestry: You can use this popular family history website to search UK family history records. Access to this resource is only available from a Barnet library

Life skills

  • Life in Great Britain: You can prepare for and practice the British Citizenship test
  • Theory Test Pro: Prepare for your driving theory test with official test questions and hazard perception videos
  • Transparent Language: You can teach yourself a foreign language for free. There are 80 languages to choose from


  • Times Digital Archive: You can search the full text of the Times newspaper from 1785 to 1985
  • UK Newsstand: National and regional news, combining the most popular British newspaper titles in one database

You can book a computer in the library to use any of these resources. You will find the online resources listed on the favourites list of computers in libraries.