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Online resources

  • Libraries

You can use our 24/7 reference library for homework, study or general interest. You will find reliable information from some of the world's leading publishers.

All the resources are free. You will need your Barnet library card and a PIN to use some of our digital services. To set up a PIN contact any Barnet Library

In every Barnet library you will also find a range of printed reference resources.

Resources in the 24/7 reference library


  • Oxford Art Online: 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: Search the latest edition of Who's Who and more than 100,000 records of people from Who Was Who (people who have died)


  • Oxford Dictionaries Online: You can use the modern English Dictionary and Thesaurus plus sections on writing skills and crosswords
  • Oxford English Dictionary: Search the respected dictionary of the English language to find out the origin and use of words


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 or when using our wifi
  • World War One Centenary Archive: Explore 100 official government documents relating to WW1 including Sir Douglas Haig Somme Despatch dated 29/12/1916. Download or print the documents to any device for  free but access must come through the library's computers or wifi. Login: BarnetLibraries Password: barnet

Life skills


  • Access World News: Search international newspapers by continent, country or region. Find articles and videos on both current and historical news.
  • 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
  • Zinio: Read a choice of popular magazines, from Good Housekeeping to Match of the Day. 

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.   

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