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What you can borrow

  • Libraries

Barnet libraries have something for everyone including:

  • fiction such as mysteries, classics and science fiction
  • non-fiction books on every topic imaginable
  • vocal scores and playsets
  • music CDs (please note music CDs are only available at Chipping Barnet library and East Finchley library) 
  • audiobooks
  • DVDs
  • ebooks and audiobooks
  • digital magazines

How many items can I borrow and for how long?

Adults, Children and Teenagers can have up to 15 items on loan at any one time.

  • Books - 3 week loan
  • music CDs or audiobooks - 3 week loan
  • DVDs - 7 day loan

You can return items to any Barnet library. You can also reserve items from another Barnet Library for free. Items which are not in Barnet Libraries can also be reserved for a small fee.


Books, CDs and audiobooks can be borrowed free of charge but DVDs have a small loan charge. Charges are made for all overdue items.

Renewing your loans

You can renew your loans in person, by telephone or online.

Special library cards

If you are a childminder, preschool leader or foster carer you can have a special library card (in addition to your own personal library card) for books to share with the children in your care.

  • Childminders: can borrow an extra 15 items, plus themed story boxes. Standard loan periods and charges apply.
  • Preschool leaders:  can borrow up to 30 items, plus themed story boxes. Books can be borrowed for up to 100 days and non-book items for standard loan periods. Standard charges apply.
  • Foster carers can borrow an extra 20 books for up to six weeks, 2 DVDs (U, PG and 12 certificates) free of charge and themed story boxes.

Childminders, preschool leaders and foster carers must show proof of their name and address and their OFSTED or Local Authority registration documents when obtaining a special library card. 

  • People living with Dementia can borrow the standard 15 items with no fines on the late return of books. Fines and charges for DVDs and other items will apply.

Applications for special cards can only be made in the library.

Interlibrary loan

Interlibrary loan obtains non-fiction books which are not held in your own public library. We cannot borrow audiovisual items, fiction or children's books. Orders are placed either online or in person at your closest library. You can order journal articles directly from the British Library for a small fee.

Community language materials

We are currently in the process of re-locating our community language materials. Please contact your local library to check availability  


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