New Barnet and South Friern Libraries

Inclusion Barnet runs two popular local libraries, New Barnet and South Friern, in partnership with Barnet Council. Libraries are natural community hubs and our vision is for them to be welcoming and inclusive for all members of our community. We have years of experience of supporting people from across our local community and receive high approval ratings from our customers.

Library Volunteers wanted 

We’re looking for volunteers to cover various shifts at both New Barnet and South Friern Libraries. You’d be working with our managers, who would welcome you and show you the ropes.

The libraries are both on the ground floor, accessible for wheelchair users and have a disabled ground floor toilet.

For more details, please email nick@inclusionbarnet.org.uk or phone or text: 07732 901 129 for more info.

Rhyme Time is back!

South Friern Library and New Barnet Library run weekly (free!) Children’s Activities, though not during August.

South Friern: 

Baby Rhyme Time: 10.15-10.45am every Wednesday

Toddler Read & Rhyme: 11.00-11.30am every Wednesday

New Barnet:

Baby Rhyme Time: 10.15-10.45am every Tuesday

Toddler Read & Rhyme: 11.00-11.30am every Tuesday

Numbers may need to be restricted, and attendance is on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis.

 

 

 

New Barnet Library

Address:

New Barnet Leisure Centre, 1 Lawton Road, Barnet, EN4 9BS

Tel: 020 8359 3860

Email: newbarnet.library@barnet.gov.uk

Opening Times
Tuesdays 10am – 2pm
Thursdays 4 – 7pm
Fridays 10am-5pm
Saturdays 9am – 12 noon

Athough now optional, we are continuing to request that our library users wear face coverings, unless exempt, and hand sanitise or wear gloves. We’re very grateful for the public’s co-operation in keeping everyone safe.

Closed: Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays

​PC bookings are for 45 minutes on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis.

South Friern Library

Address:

Colney Hatch Lane, London N10 1HD
Tel: 020 8359 3946

Opening Times 
Tuesdays 4-7pm
Wednesdays 10am-5pm
Thursdays 10am- 5pm
Saturdays 2-5pm

Although now optional, we are continuing to request that our library users wear face coverings, unless exempt, and hand sanitise or wear gloves. We’re very grateful for the public’s co-operation in keeping everyone safe.

PC bookings are for 45 minutes on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis.

Closed: Mondays, Fridays and Sundays.

Volunteering

Our Inclusion Barnet library at South Friern, Colney Hatch Lane N10 1HD, and New Barnet, New Barnet Leisure Centre, Lawton Road EN4 9BS, offers a great opportunity for volunteering – working with the public, gaining customer service and library skills, making friends and contributing to the community. 

 

Many of our volunteers have gone on, or returned to, paid employment after spending time with us, though we also have many volunteers who are retired. Others have gone into education or other volunteering roles. Our volunteers represent the diverse population of Barnet as a whole and we welcome disabled volunteers, including those with mental health or long term conditions.  

 

The role includes including finding requested books and issuing them, processing returns, shelving, answering enquiries, greeting people at the collection and ensuring COVID safe practice throughout the premises.

 

This role is flexible and can be arranged to suit people’s abilities but we do like to have everybody do a little of everything, when possible.   Friendliness, flexibility and reliability are far more important to us than specific customer service experience.   Basic English and IT skills essential.   

 

Gloves and cleaning materials will be provided on site, and staff will be encouraging frequent hand washing and enforcing social distancing.  Local applicants are favoured, to avoid excess travel.  

 

Volunteers would be expected to sign up for regular 3-4 hour shifts, either morning or afternoon, on one (or more) of the following days:

 

South Friern Library:

Tues 4-7pm, Wed & Thurs 10am-5pm, Sat 2-5pm

 

New Barnet Library:

Tues 10am-2pm, thurs 4-7pm, Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 9am-12 noon

 

Please note, volunteers will require a DBS check.

For more details, please email Nick –  nick@inclusionbarnet.org.uk 

 

Affordable meeting and event spaces for hire

Please contact us for more information, booking details and rates.

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Find Out More

To find out more, drop in to have a look around and a chat, follow us on Twitter, or visit the Barnet Council Libraries website for more information about  occasional workshops and events.