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Teenage library services

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Activities, clubs and news for young people

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'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.   


  • Chess clubs: Improve your chess moves and make new friends at the chess clubs for young people at Hendon and Mill Hill libraries.
  • Volunteer at your library: If you have one or two hours a week to spare, then why not volunteer with Barnet Libraries? We're looking for young people aged 14-17 to help with shelving, tidying books and displays. Our volunteers follow the Duke of Edinburgh award, school enrichment programmes or just want to help out. For more information and to apply please contact any Barnet library.
  • Game On: A weekly gaming club for teens at Hendon library.
  • Teenage reading groups: Church End's reading group for young adults takes place on the third Monday of each month.
  • 'Shelf Help': Borrow from our 'Reading Well' collections at Chipping Barnet, Church End, Colindale, Hendon and North Finchley 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.

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  • BLAB: Barnet libraries (youth) advisory board
  • Email: lucy.merritt@barnet.gov.uk

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