Library services for teenagers

We have asked an external evaluator called 'Activist Group' to conduct an independent evaluation of recent changes to the library service and to make some recommendations for the future. If you are aged between 10 and 17 and would like to take part, there's a quick questionnaire for young people which takes just 5 to 10 minutes to complete.

Self-Service Opening

Self-Service Opening allows eligible library card holders to use our libraries during unstaffed opening hours. You can 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). All young people can use the library in staffed hours.

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

Self service access requirements by age group
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

Self-Service Opening hours are available at Burnt Oak, Chipping Barnet, Colindale, East Finchley, Edgware, Finchley Church End, Golders Green, Hendon, North Finchley and Osidge libraries.

Fines and charges

From 1 December 2016, we've introduced fines for the late return of child and teen items. These are 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 are now 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. The 'shelf help' collection is also available through our free ebook app, 'Libby'.

Online Resources

We have a range of really useful and free resources for your homework, study and leisure. Find out how you can access a selection of online dictionaries, encyclopedia and biographies. You can even learn a new language online or get help preparing for your driving theory test. All you need is your Barnet library card!

Positive Activities 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.

Study Guides 

There is a special collection of study guides for Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Level at East Finchley library.

Online Safety

Childnet International, the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) and the NSPCC offer support, advice and guidelines for young people and their parents/guardians with regard to keeping safe online.

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