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
- Britannica Junior: Information aimed at 6 - 10 year olds
- Britannica Student: You can search content for students aged 10 - 14 years old
- Encyclopaedia Britannica: Access 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 Online: More than 170 reference books in one place. Quick answers on a vast range of subjects
- 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 in Great Britain: You can prepare for and practice the British Citizenship test
- MyWorkSearch: Identify your skills, create CVs and search and apply for jobs. Link your account to Universal Jobmatch to record your activity online. Register on a PC at any Barnet library, then access your account from anywhere. Find out how to register.
- 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
- 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.