Barnet libraries will face more changes this year as the council looks to reduce the size of each building. 

In a series of information sessions from October 25, Barnet Council will introduce these new plans where people can share their views and learn of any temporary closures.

The new library service will have fewer staffed opening hours, but will offer mobile and digital library services to the public.

It will also see an increase in library hours, and will provide more volunteering opportunities for community groups.  

Barnet’s UNISON members fought against library cuts by going on strike in June, following the decision to approve the cuts in April this year.

Library workers went on the picket line to fight the council plans to cut £2.85million form the service.

Changes made in April include creating unstaffed libraries, additional CCTV cameras, meaning children under 15-years-old are banned from visiting the libraries unattended.

Councillor Reuben Thompstone, the Chair of the Children, Educations, Libraries and Safeguarding Committee, said: “We have listened to those who live, work and study in the borough throughout the process and have agreed plans that will enable us to deliver a cost effective, modern service that retains all 14 libraries, including building two brand new sites, and maintain the mobile and digital services.

"These information sessions have been designed to give the public an opportunity to find out how their local library will be changing.”

The information will then be available to view on the Barnet Council website.

Information sessions are taking place at 12 libraries across the borough on the following dates: 

October 25: 
North Finchley – 10-12pm
Osidge – 2-4pm

October 26: 
East Barnet – 2.30-4.30pm 
Chipping Barnet – 6-8pm

November 3: 
Burnt Oak – 2-4pm 
Hendon - 6-8pm 

November 4:
Edgware – 11-1pm
Mill Hill – 3-5pm

November 9:
South Friern – 11-1pm
East Finchley – 6-8pm 

November 10:  
Golders Green – 12-2pm
Childs Hill – 4-6pm 

The changes made to the libraries in April have split public opinion: