Autism friendly libraries

In Hertfordshire, we want everyone’s experience in our libraries, to be enjoyable, positive and welcoming. For some, for example, those with autism, the experience may not always be easy.  Research, conducted by social care organisation Dimensions, showed that whilst people with autism are already more likely than other people to use a library, a few changes could lead to 92 per cent increasing their use of their local library if some autism friendly adjustments were made.

With this in mind, we are taking part in a national initiative and piloting how we can make our libraries more autism friendly.  The pilot is running in September and October this year, during which time staff awareness about autism-friendly approaches will also be raised.

Listed below are the 16 libraries taking part in this pilot. We welcome your feedback if you visit during this time, as a parent/carer of a child or a young person with autism. Email any queries to

Libraries in the autism friendly pilot: