London Borough of Barnet

Libraries news

Look beyond the book at the Barnet Libraries Festival

Published on Tuesday 3 February 2015

Look beyond the book this month and find a wealth of activities at Barnet Libraries Festival.

Residents invited to attend libraries consultation events.

Published on Wednesday 14 January 2015

Residents and community groups are invited to register for one of a series of consultation events about the future of Barnet’s library service.

Libraries Consultation Events

Published on Friday 9 January 2015

Come along to one of our consultation events to share your views about the proposals for Barnet’s future library service. This is part of a wider public consultation which runs until 22 February 2015.

Teenage Writing Competition launched

Published on Monday 15 December 2014

A short story writing competition has been launched for young people aged 11 to 16.

Have your say on the future of Barnet’s library service

Published on Monday 17 November 2014

Barnet Council has opened public consultation on possible options for the future of the library service.

Options for future of libraries service

Published on Tuesday 21 October 2014

A range of options for the future of Barnet’s libraries will be discussed at Barnet Council’s Children’s, Education, Libraries and Safeguarding Committee next week (Tuesday 28 October).

£4,000 grant for Barnet Libraries story time project

Published on Monday 6 October 2014

Barnet Council's library service have received a £4000 grant to deliver a project called ‘All for Stories: Stories for All.’

A-mazing new challenge set to get children reading this summer

Published on Tuesday 8 July 2014

Children aged four to 12 are being invited to immerse themselves into an exciting adventure this summer during the annual reading challenge.

Be the hero of your own story with Bookstart this summer 2014

Published on Monday 2 June 2014

Barnet Libraries will be celebrating National Bookstart Week 2014 with a free giveaway of a special version of Harper Collins’ Super Duck, by popular children’s author Jez Alborough.

Barnet residents invited to join London’s biggest book club

Published on Wednesday 9 April 2014

Barnet residents are again invited to join in Cityread - a month-long celebration of literature with events, workshops and film screenings both in Barnet and across the rest of the capital.

From little listeners big readers grow

Published on Tuesday 11 March 2014

A new project aimed at encouraging young children to develop a love of reading is being hailed a success.

Finchley Church End library proposal moves one step closer

Published on Wednesday 26 February 2014

Barnet Council’s Cabinet Resources Committee has approved heads of terms of a proposed lease which could see a new library being built at Finchley Church End.

Bestselling children’s author to visit local school

Published on Monday 27 January 2014

Author of the bestselling Gods and Warriors series, Michelle Paver, will be visiting Barnet students on Thursday 27 February 2014.

Barnet libraries get an upgrade

Published on Wednesday 4 September 2013

Barnet residents can now enjoy Wi-Fi internet access across 99% of its libraries. Visitors will also be able to sign off books with ease, thanks to the new self-service machines.

Spooky Challenge Keeps Children Reading This Summer

Published on Monday 22 July 2013

Children of all ages are invited to enjoy a spine-tingling adventure this summer as they take part in an annual reading challenge.

East Finchley Library opens its doors to the Bravanese Community Centre.

Published on Monday 17 June 2013

Barnet Council has confirmed that from Monday 17th June, the Bravanese Community Centre will be using East Finchley Library as their temporary administrative office space.

Council grants £50,000 to fund Friern Barnet Community Library.

Published on Friday 19 April 2013

Barnet Council’s Cabinet Resource Committee last night (18th April) agreed a grant to support the establishment of Friern Barnet Community Library.

Plans unveiled for new Barnet Library

Published on Monday 25 March 2013

Initial proposals have been revealed for an exciting new library building at Finchley Church End.

Hidden paintings put on display for public to enjoy

Published on Thursday 7 March 2013

A hidden hoard of paintings is to be put on public display at Hendon Library.

Conversation Café offers enjoyable English lessons

Published on Monday 4 March 2013

Looking for a chance to practise your spoken skills somewhere local? Head to the Barnfield Children's Centre’s Conversation Café to practise talking with fluent speakers and English students.

New Library opening times from 01 April 2013

Published on Thursday 21 February 2013

Barnet's libraries will have new opening times as of 1st April 2013

Libraries due to receive £250,000 technology upgrade

Published on Tuesday 19 February 2013

Barnet’s libraries are set to benefit from the investment of more than £250,000 through the introduction of self service technology and Wi-Fi.

Community Barnet asked to support local groups interested in future of former Friern Barnet Library building

Published on Tuesday 8 January 2013

Barnet Council has asked Community Barnet to support community organisations seeking to make “Right to Bid” proposals for the former Friern Barnet Library Building.

Barnet family unlocks key to the first recordings of Christmas

Published on Thursday 20 December 2012

A rare collection of recordings of family life at the turn of the 20th century have been put on public release.

Barnet Council launches ‘library card for all’ scheme

Published on Thursday 29 November 2012

Barnet is set to be among 22 local authorities testing automatic library membership for children and young people.

Residents thanked for over 3,000 volunteering hours

Published on Thursday 22 November 2012

More than 100 volunteers have been thanked for supporting library staff over the last year.

Barnet Council drops artsdepot library proposal, invests instead in North Finchley Library

Published on Wednesday 31 October 2012

Barnet Council has withdrawn its proposals to develop a major library at artsdepot in Finchley and announced plans to invest in the existing North Finchley Library as an alternative.

Children to meet fairytale author

Published on Tuesday 23 October 2012

A popular children’s author will share her stories with her young fans at Chipping Barnet Library this week.

Council advises schools on use of former library building

Published on Thursday 11 October 2012

Barnet Council has written to schools in the vicinity of the former Friern Barnet library building advising them of the Council's concerns about children attending events within the premises.

Church Farmhouse Museum

Published on Monday 1 October 2012

Following comments about the disposal of Church Farmhouse Museum’s collection, Councillor Robert Rams, Cabinet Member for Customer Access and Partnerships, has said:

The Past Present: Local history goes hi tech

Published on Monday 24 September 2012

Residents will be able to travel back in time through the borough’s streets thanks to an exciting new local history project.

Children dive into an underwater world of dance at Barnet’s libraries

Published on Friday 6 July 2012

Children under four are invited to dive into a colourful underwater world full of dance and enchanting characters at five of Barnet’s libraries.

Barnet’s Olympic spirit to be captured for national record

Published on Thursday 28 June 2012

Borough residents’ thoughts and memories of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are set to be preserved for future generations thanks to a new project run by Barnet Council’s Library Service.

Residents given the chance to lend a hand

Published on Thursday 10 May 2012

Dozens of would-be helpers have come forward to offer some of their spare time to join the borough’s library volunteers scheme.

Step back in time with Dickens this spring

Published on Thursday 19 April 2012

A month-long festival encouraging Londoners to come together over a book has been launched across the borough this spring.