Libraries and leisure centres closed to slow spread of COVID-19


We are closing all our libraries and leisure centres in response to government guidance and instruction, and to combat the rapid escalation of the coronavirus (COVID-19).




All libraries in the borough will be closed from 10am on Saturday 21 March until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience, but the safety of our staff and customers is our priority.

We have extended the loan time on all the books and CDs you have borrowed for six weeks and removed all fines. Any fines due on DVDs from this time will be waived when they are returned.

All our online services are waiting for you! Borrow ebooks and eAudiobooks, use our online resources or read digital magazines and newspapers. Not a member? Join online for free.

Leisure centres

In line with Government instruction, we will be closing all of our Better leisure centres and Better gyms across the Barnet borough at the end of Friday 20 March, 2020.

The health and wellbeing of both Better staff and our residents is paramount. We have a social responsibility to everyone in the local community to take action to protect ourselves and others.

Better would also like to help you during this difficult time by automatically applying a payment freeze for all their members. A payment freeze means that you retain your membership or lesson/course, but will not have to pay during the period that the centre is closed. That means whether you have an annual, monthly, pre-paid or pay-and-play membership or lesson/course, your Direct Debit payment will not be collected throughout this period.

We are working closely with Better, Public Health England and all our partners, and receiving all official updates from the Government. We will keep you up to date about what is happening going forward.


Visit our coronavirus (COVID-19) web page for all the latest information and advice.