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Watford Library

Watford Central Library

Hempstead Road
WD17 3EU

Map and directions

Christmas opening hours

  • Sat 23 Dec – open
  • Sun 24 Dec – closed
  • Mon 25 Dec – closed
  • Tues 26 Dec – closed
  • Wed 27 Dec – open
  • Thurs 28 Dec – open
  • Fri 29 Dec – open
  • Sat 30 Dec – open
  • Sun 31 Dec – open
  • Mon 1 Jan – closed
  • Tues 2 Jan – open

Watford Central Library is now OPEN

We close tonight at 6pm

Opening hours
 Normal serviceSelf service
Monday: 9.30am - 6pm  
Tuesday: 9.30am - 7pm  
Wednesday: 9.30am - 6pm  
Thursday: 9.30am - 7pm  
Friday: 1pm - 6pm
Saturday: 9.30am - 4pm  
Sunday: Closed (Christmas Eve)  

During self-service hours, only the ground floor is open. You can:

  • Borrow popular books, magazines and DVDs
  • Return or renew your items
  • Pay overdue charges
  • Use a computer or our free wi-fi
Self-service hours
Friday: 9.30am - 1pm

Library facilities

  • Public parking nearby (Disabled parking bays)
  • Wheelchair access
  • Hearing induction loop
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Toilets (disabled access)
  • Lift to first floor

View the DisabledGo access guide for this venue.


Services available

  • Photocopier - black and white only
    10p for A4
    20p for A3
  • Digital microfilm scanner - permit available to download on USB
  • Display space
  • Study space

Computers and internet

  • Book a computer
  • Wi-Fi (free)
  • Scanner
  • Computer costs:
    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
  • IT Champion available:
    Mondays: 9.30am - 11.30am
    Thursdays: 12.30pm – 1.30pm
    Saturdays: 10am - 2pm and 3pm - 4pm
    Sundays: 1pm - 2pm

Room to hire

Lecture Hall

  • 70 person capacity
  • Disabled access
  • 12 tables
  • Room size – 11m x 6m
  • Free WiFi
  • Flipchart chart
  • Tea urn and disposable cups – bring your own tea!



  • 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 of 10 bookings over a 4 month period.


Space to hire in Watford Library

Promote an event or small business in our exhibition area.  Our libraries are visited by thousands of customers every week.

£40 per week plus VAT

(Half price for charities and not for profit organisations).


You can also promote your services with a stall or pop-up shop in the library.

4 hour booking - £40

8 hour booking - £70

(Half price for charities and not for profit organisations).

Book Watford Library's exhibition space:

Email: libraries.information@hertfordshire.gov.uk


CreatorSpace is a fantastic new concept where you can explore and create with new technologies 

Come and try out some of our new technology 

Equipment for hire

The CreatorSpace and equipment are available to use during library opening hours by library members. 

  • 3D printer
  • iMacs and PCs – with audio and video editing software, and desktop publishing software, including LogicPro, Final Cut Pro, Illustrator, Indesign, Photoshop
  • Tablet Bar – iPad, Samsung, and Android tablets
  • Chromebooks & Raspberry Pi kits – for coding
  • Screens - for sharing data
  • Interactive touch screens - for collaborative working
  • Digital sewing & embroidery machines
  • Digital cutter –for craft work