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 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
|Age group||Is unaccompanied access allowed during Self-Service Opening?||Additional requirements|
|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
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'.
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.
There is a special collection of study guides for Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Level at East Finchley library.
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.