Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

Address and contact detailsCoronavirus measuresOpening hours and appointmentsFacilities and servicesIncluding disabled access, IT, rooms and space for hire.


Address and contact details

Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies
Register Office Block
County Hall
SG13 8EJ

Map and directions

Tel: 0300 123 4049
Email: hals.enquiries@hertfordshire.gov.uk


Coronavirus measures

We will continue to take action to keep staff and visitors safe in the library, including:

  • screens on enquiry desks
  • hand sanitiser stations
  • Availability of cleaning

We encourage you to wear a face covering inside the library (unless exempt), and maintain a respectful distance between yourself and library staff or other library users.

Do not visit the library if you’re self-isolating or have COVID-19 symptoms.


Opening hours and appointments

On the first Tuesday of every month, we're open until 7.30pm by appointment only. Contact us by 9am on the previous Friday to book.

Opening hours

Opening hours




9am – 5pm

First Tuesday evening of the month 5 -7:30pm (Appointment only)


9am - 5pm


9am - 5pm


9am – 12.30pm


10am – 2pm

First and Third Saturday of the month 



We have two rooms:

Archive reading room

For original documents including County Council, parish church, family, estate and business records.

Local studies library

For printed and published materials. For example books, pamphlets, periodicals, directories, maps, photographs and sources on microfilm such as parish registers, newspapers and wills.

If you're not sure what room you need, email hals.enquiries@hertfordshire.gov.uk.


Facilities and services

Library facilities

  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited parking available - Alternative parking in town
  • Disabled parking
  • Toilets (disabled access)
  • Hearing loop and magnifying equipment
  • Vending machines - hot and cold drinks and snacks. Customers
    are also welcome to bring their own flask and refreshments to eat in our foyer area 
  • Heritage Shop

Services available

See our full range of servicesSearch our catalogue, shop online, order documents or book workshops.

Computers and internet

  • Wi-Fi (free)
  • A4 Scanner
  • Computer costs:
    No charge to use computers for archives or local and family history. Other charges apply for general computer use.
    Library members – 1 hour free, then 4p a minute
    Non library members – £2.50 for 30 minutes
  • Printing costs: (A4 only)
    20p – single page, black and white
    60p – single page, colour

Rooms and spaces for hire