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.

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 (for Select  & Collect, Quick Pick browsing and pre-booked PC hire )from June 8th 2021
Tuesdays 10am – 2pm
Thursdays 4 – 7pm
Fridays 10am-5pm
Saturdays 9am – 12 noon

Numbers of visitors will be limited to 10 people in total at any one time. Face coverings must be worn at all times unless exempt.

Closed: Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays

For more information about Barnet Libraries’ Select and Collect service, please visit https://www.barnet.gov.uk/libraries/select-and-collect

​PC bookings are for 45 minutes. To book a PC, please email nick@inclusionbarnet.org.uk or call 020 8359 3863 during the hours above.

South Friern Library

Address:

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

Update 26 November 2021.

South Friern library will be closed until further notice due to a building issue. The nearest alternative library is East Finchley. We apologise for any inconvenience. 
 

Usual opening Times (for Select & Collect, Quick Pick browsing and pre-booked PC hire ) from June 8th 2021

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

Numbers of visitors will be limited to 8 people in total at any one time. Face coverings must be worn at all times unless exempt.

PC bookings are for 45 minutes.

Closed: Mondays, Fridays and Sundays.

For more information about Barnet Libraries’ Select and Collect service, please visit https://www.barnet.gov.uk/libraries/select-and-collect

To book a PC, please email nick@inclusionbarnet.org.uk or call 020 8359 3949 during the hours above.

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.

Contact Us

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.

Our Services and Projects

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    Touchpoint

    Touchpoint provides residents of Barnet with a place to go to get advice and support when things get difficult.

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    Benefits Advice Service

    Supporting disabled people in Barnet with information and help with applications.

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    Trust Wide Enablement Partnership

    We are proud to be working with Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust to help them deliver peer support and coproduction.

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    Barnet Voice for Mental Health

    Our team of talented volunteers provide peer support for people who are struggling with their mental health.

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    User Voice

    Our User Voice project aims to amplify the voices of disabled people in Barnet to ensure they are heard by decision makers and those in power.

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    Training and Consultancy by Inclusion Unlimited

    We provide high quality training and consultancy for organisations which want lived experience to inform their practice and projects.

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    Libraries

    Inclusion Barnet runs two popular local libraries, East Barnet and South Friern, in partnership with Barnet Council.

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    Research

    We believe that research is important and that there is a lack of research that deals with the realities of being a disabled person.

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    The Co-Produced Support Project

    A peer led research, policy and campaigning project focused on improving Barnet adult social care.

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    Community Organisation Support

    Working to support the vital role of voluntary sector organisations in the borough of Barnet.

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    Healthwatch Barnet

    Helping local people get the best out of local services.