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What you can borrow

Barnet libraries have something for everyone including:

  • fiction such as mysteries, classics and science fiction
  • non-fiction books on every topic imaginable
  • vocal scores and playsets
  • music CDs (please note music CDs are only available at Chipping Barnet library and East Finchley library) 
  • audiobooks
  • DVDs
  • ebooks and audiobooks
  • digital magazines

How many items you can borrow and for how long

Adults, children and teenagers can have up to 15 items on loan at any one time.

Item loan periods are as follows;

  • books - 3 weeks
  • music CDs or audiobooks - 3 weeks
  • DVDs - 1 week

You can return items to any Barnet library. You can also reserve items from another Barnet Library for free. Items which are not in Barnet Libraries can also be reserved for a small fee.

Charges

Books, CDs and audiobooks can be borrowed free of charge but DVDs have a small loan charge. Charges are made for all overdue items.

Renewing your loans

You can renew your loans in person, by telephone or online.

Special library cards

If you are a childminder, preschool leader or foster carer you can have a special library card (in addition to your own personal library card) for books to share with the children in your care.

  • Childminders: can borrow an extra 15 items, plus themed story boxes. Standard loan periods and charges apply.
  • Preschool leaders:  can borrow up to 30 items, plus themed story boxes. Books can be borrowed for up to 100 days and non-book items for standard loan periods. Standard charges apply.
  • Foster carers can borrow an extra 20 books for up to six weeks, 2 DVDs (U, PG and 12 certificates) free of charge and themed story boxes.

Childminders, preschool leaders and foster carers must show proof of their name and address and their OFSTED or Local Authority registration documents when obtaining a special library card. 

  • People living with Dementia can borrow the standard 15 items with no fines on the late return of books. Fines and charges for DVDs and other items will apply.

Interlibrary loan

Interlibrary loan obtains non-fiction books which are not held in your own public library. We cannot borrow audiovisual items, fiction or children's books. Orders are placed either online or in person at your closest library. You can order journal articles directly from the British Library for a small fee.

Community language materials

Barnet libraries stocks materials in a variety of community languages. See the table below for locations.

Language

Libraries

Albanian

Shqip

South Friern

Chinese

中文

Finchley Church End

Mill Hill

South Friern

Farsi

Fārsī

Chipping Barnet

Finchley Church  End

Golders Green

French

Français

Chipping Barnet

Greek

Ελληνικά

Osidge

Gujarati

ગુજરાતી

Burnt Oak

Chipping Barnet

Edgware

North Finchley

Hebrew

עברית

Edgware

Golders Green

Japanese

日本

North Finchley

Polish

Polski

 

Burnt Oak

Colindale

Hendon

Romanian

Română

Burnt Oak

Somali

Af-Soomaali

Colindale

Turkish

Türkiye Türkçesi

Osidge

Tamil

தமிழ்

Colindale

Urdu

اردو

Hendon

Mill Hill

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