Local studies and archives

You can book a visit by email or by phone. There should be at least 5 working days between your booking and your visit.

Do you want to know more about the history of Barnet or trace your family history? Local studies and archives has a unique collection of historical documents and records dating from 1600 including:

  • archives
  • maps
  • newspapers
  • photographs
  • publications representing people, places and buildings including ebooks.

Get in touch

We are currently open for enquiries by phone and email.

Family History Research

Members of Barnet Libraries are able to access the popular Ancestry family history website free of charge.

This service is available through our Online Resources.

Local Studies videos

Find out about the history of Barnet with our Local Studies videos including a Balloon Trip Over High Barnet, Finsbury park to Edgware by Steam and The Story of Finchley Common.

Explore Hidden Barnet, a collection of curious or lesser-known stories about the borough.

Learn more about the history of Barnet in our Pocket Histories