Online resources

You can use our 24/7 reference library for homework, study or general interest. You will find reliable information from some of the world's leading publishers.

All the resources are free. You will need your Barnet library card and a PIN to use some of our digital services. If you have forgotten your PIN and need to change it or wish to reset it, this can be done online.

We also have thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks available to borrow for free.

In every Barnet library you will also find a range of printed reference resources.

Resources in the 24/7 reference library


American National Biography 

Access biographies of significant, influential or notorious figures from American history.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 

You will find information about individuals and groups of people who have shaped the history of the British Isles over 2,500 years.

Who's Who and Who Was Who 

Search the latest edition of Who's Who and more than 100,000 records of people from Who Was Who (people who have died)


Who Else Writes  

Find new authors to try by searching for those you know and love.

Who Next 

Find recommendations for great children’s books.


Oxford English Dictionary 

Search the respected dictionary of the English language to find out the origin and use of words.


Britannica Junior 

Information aimed at 6 - 10 year olds.

Britannica Student 

You can search content for students aged 10 - 14 years old.

Encyclopaedia Britannica 

Access the full Encyclopaedia Britannica and Britannica Book of the Year, including images.

Encyclopedia Judaica 

The authoritative resource covering all subjects related to Judaism and Jewish people and culture.

Oxford Reference Online  

More than 170 reference books in one place. Quick answers on a vast range of subjects.

Family history


You can use this popular family history website to search UK family history records. Access to this resource is available from a Barnet library or when using our WiFi.

Update: Barnet Libraries now have permission to offer Ancestry to our members while at home
due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 



Life skills

Go Citizen  

New service to help you prepare for and practice the British Citizenship test. 

Theory Test Pro 

Prepare for your driving theory test with official test questions and hazard perception videos.

Develop your digital skills

Online with free courses from Learn My Way and Google Digital Garage.



Download the Pressreader app, sign in with your library card for free then read from thousands of newspapers and magazines from 100 countries in 60 languages. After 30 days log out and sign in again. Choose from The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Jewish Chronicle, Empire, Elle and lots more. You can also download a step by step guide to help get you started on the desktop version. 

RBdigital magazines and Comics 

Read from a choice of popular magazines and a huge selection of comics. Magazines available include: The Economist, New Scientist, Radio Times and more. Comics from Marvel, Disney and others.  

European Newsstream 

Search for newspaper articles from UK and European newspapers with this archive dating back to the 1990s


Access to Research 

Access to a wide range of academic articles and research on subjects including art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences. Access to this resource is only available from a Barnet library computer

Oxford Bibliographies 

Find out about bibliographies on British and Irish literature, including topics such as Arthurian Literature and John Keats. You can also research Victorian literature including bibliographies on gender, Charles Dickens and many more.

Very Short Introductions 

Very short introductions provides the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. You can learn about new topics or revise a particular subject. Subjects include British politics, planets and management  

Book a computer in the library

You can book a computer in the library to use any of these resources. You will find the online resources listed on the favourites list of computers in libraries.   

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