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Children's library services

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The future of your library service and changes to library buildings
Find out more information about the changes due to take place.

Fines and charges are changing. From 1 December 2016, we'll be introducing fines for the late return of child and teen items. These will be charged at a rate of 5p per item per day.  Fines can be avoided by renewing library items either online by phone by calling your local library or in person at any branch.


Barnet libraries welcome children from birth onwards. Even babies can join! You will find lots of things in the library and online to encourage children to read, learn and enjoy; including books for beginner readers, help with homework, and regular events and activities.

Join the library

To join the library you will just need to complete a short form (signed by your parent/carer if you are under 16 years old) and show us one form of official identification which validates your name.

There are special loan entitlements for foster carers, childminders and nursery/preschool leaders.  Find out how you can obtain a special library card to borrow books, DVDs and other items for the children in your care.

Online library services

Access your library from home with our online services. You can choose from a wide range of children's fiction and non-fiction in ebook and audiobook format and encyclopaedias to help with homework and study.

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