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Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

Register Office Block
County Hall
SG13 8EJ

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Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies is now CLOSED

We open again today at 9am

Renew a book

Opening hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
Thursday: 9am - 5pm
Friday: 9am - 12.30pm
Saturday: 10am - 2pm
Sunday: Closed

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.

Saturday opening – we're open on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, from 10am to 2pm.

Library facilities

  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited parking available - Alternative parking in town
  • Disabled parking
  • Toilets (disabled access)
  • Hearing loop and magnifying equipment
  • Vending machine - drinks and snacks
  • Heritage Shop

Services available

  • Photocopier - black and white only
    10p for A4
    20p for A3
  • Display space for hire
  • Study space
  • Digital microfilm readers (charges: printing at 15p per black and white page, or £10 daily permit for digital downloads to USB)
  • Digitisation Service
  • Search Service
  • Talks, tours and workshops
  • Professional advice (see fees and charges)

Computers and internet

  • Book a computer
  • 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 – £2.00 for 30 minutes
  • Printing costs:
    15p – single page, black and white
    50p – single page, colour

Rooms and spaces for hire

Meeting room

HALS room for hire

  • 32 person capacity 

  • 5 tables

  • Room size – 5.25m x 5.92m

  • Free WiFi

  • Flipchart stand

  • Screen

  • Whiteboard

  • Refreshment facilities in Lobby



  • 1 hour booking - £20

  • 4 hour booking - £70

  • All day - £130


Half price for charities and not-for-profit organisations.


10% discount when you make a block booking over a 4-month period.


Book a meeting room at Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies


Email: hals.enquiries@hertfordshire.gov.uk