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 Else Writes
Find new authors to try by searching for those you know and love.
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.
Information aimed at 6 - 10 year olds.
You can search content for students aged 10 - 14 years old.
Access the full Encyclopaedia Britannica and Britannica Book of the Year, including images.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.