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. To set up a PIN contact any Barnet Library

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



  • Who Else Writes : Find new authors to try by searching for those you know and love.
  • Who NextFind recommendations for great children’s books


  • Oxford Dictionaries Online: You can use the modern English Dictionary and Thesaurus plus sections on writing skills and crosswords
  • Oxford English Dictionary: Search the respected dictionary of the English language to find out the origin and use of words


Family history

  • Ancestry: You can use this popular family history website to search UK family history records. Access to this resource is only available from a Barnet library or when using our WiFi
  • World War One Centenary Archive: Explore 100 official government documents relating to WW1. Download or print the documents to any device for  free but access must come through the library's computers or Wifi 

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


  • Pressreader: 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 Read from a choice of popular magazines. Titles available include: The Economist, New Scientist, Radio Times and more
  • European NewsstreamSearch 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: 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  

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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