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Teenage library services

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Activities, clubs and news for young people

New opening hours

From Monday 3 April all libraries have new opening hours. You can also use libraries during Self-Service Opening if you are aged 16 or 17 or aged 15 and in Year 11. All other young people can use the library during the Self-Service Opening hours when accompanied by a registered adult user (18 or over).

Age group Is unaccompanied access allowed during Self-Service Opening? Additional requirements
Under 15 No None
Students in year 11 (aged 15) Yes
Parent must sign the registration form
School must stamp the registration form
16 and 17 year olds Yes Parent must sign the registration form
18 and over Yes Registration form

To register for Self-Service Opening you will need to complete a form available from any Barnet Library.

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

Fines and charges are changing. From 1 December 2016, we've introduced 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. Fines for adult books will rise to 25p per item per day.   


  • 'Shelf Help': Borrow from our 'Reading Well' collections at Chipping Barnet, Church End and Colindale libraries or reserve them for free from our other libraries. These books provide advice and information for 13 to 18 year olds about issues and experiences including anxiety, low self-esteem, OCD, bullying, eating disorders and exam stress. 
  • Online Resources: Our 24/7 reference library provides useful resources for homework and study. Find out how you can access a selection of online dictionaries, encyclopedias and biographies.
  • Futureversity courses: Did you know we run short courses for teenagers during some of the school holidays? Past courses have included Manga drawing, creative writing, animation, and dance. Watch this space and our Facebook and Twitter accounts for news of our next fun course.

Follow our teenage library service on Twitter and Facebook.


  • BLAB: Barnet libraries (youth) advisory board
  • North London Business Park
  • Email: catherine.lusted@barnet.gov.uk

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