Local studies and archives

COVID-19 OutbreakLibrary services are currently operating a reduced service.

Select and Collect service is available at Chipping Barnet, Colindale, Edgware and Finchley Church End Libraries 

Home library service is operational
Local studies centre is open via email and phone
Homework Help is available by email 

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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 Local studies and archives has a unique collection of historical documents and records dating from 1600 including: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

Local studies and archives are operating an online service.

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Find out about the history of Barnet with our Local Studies videos including VE Day in Barnet and 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


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