London Borough of Barnet

Online resources

The 24/7 online reference library is your starting point to finding support for homework or study. It is your gateway to reliable information from some of the world's leading publications. You can use the resources listed on this page free of charge from home using your Barnet library card. You will also need a PIN to access some of our digital services.

Every library also has a range of printed reference resources. Hendon library has the largest collection of reference materials.

Resources in the 24/7 reference library





  • Britannica Junior: Introductory level to Britannica with content aimed at six - 10 year olds.
  • Britannica Student: content graded to a level suitable for students aged 10 - 14 years old.
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica: Access to the full Encyclopaedia Britannica and Britannica Book of the Year, including images.
  • Encyclopedia Judaica: The authoritative resource covering all subjects related to Judaism and Jewish people and culture.
  • Oxford Reference OnlineMore than 170 OUP reference books in one place. Quick answers on a vast range of subjects.

Family history

  • Ancestry: This popular family history website offers extensive searchable UK family history records. Access to this resource is only available from a Barnet library.

Life skills

  • Life in Great BritainPrepare and check readiness for the British Citizenship test.
  • Theory Test Pro: Prepare for your driving theory test with officially endorsed test questions and hazard perception videos.
  • Transparent Language: Teach yourself a foreign language for free at home. There are 80 languages to choose from.


  • Times Digital ArchiveSearch 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 also book a computer in the library to use any of these resources or use one of the quick reference computers in the larger libraries. The online resources are all listed on the browser favourites list on the public computers in libraries to help you find what you need.