Watford Library

Watford Central Library

Hempstead Road
WD17 3EU

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Watford Central Library is now CLOSED

We open again tomorrow at 9.30am

Renew a book

Opening hours
 Normal serviceSelf service
Monday: 9.30am - 6pm
Tuesday: 9.30am - 7pm
Wednesday: 9.30am - 6pm
Thursday: 9.30am - 7pm
Friday: 1pm - 6pm 9.30am - 1pm
Saturday: 9.30am - 4pm
Sunday: 1pm - 5pm

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

  • Borrow popular books and magazines
  • Return or renew your items
  • Pay overdue charges
  • Use a computer or our free wi-fi

Visiting the library

We'll continue taking steps to keep staff and visitors safe in the library, including:

  • screens on enquiry desks
  • hand sanitiser stations.

We encourage you to:

  • wear face coverings inside the library (unless exempt).
  • maintain a respectful distance between yourself, staff and other library users.

Please don't visit the library if you have COVID-19 symptoms.


Library facilities

  • Public parking nearby (Disabled parking bays)
  • Wheelchair access
  • Hearing induction loop
  • Letterbox for out-of-hours returns (dealt with the next open day)
  • Public toilets (disabled access)

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Accessibility information of venue

Services available

  • Photocopier
    20p for A4 black and white
    40p for A3 black and white
    60p for A4 colour
    £1.20 for A3 colour
  • Study space

Computers and internet

  • Computer costs:
    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

Room hire

Lecture Hall

  • 70 person capacity
  • Disabled access
  • 12 tables
  • Room size – 11m x 6m
  • Free Wi-fi
  • Flipchart chart
  • Tea urn available – refreshments not provided



  • 1 hour booking – £10 - £20
  • 4 hour booking – £35 - £70
  • All day – £65 - £130


10% discount when you make a block of 10 bookings over a 4 month period.

The Pod

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6 person capacity

  • Disabled access
  • 1 table
  • Free Wi-fi
  • Large interactive touchscreen
  • 1 PC


  • £7.50 - £15 for 1 hour
  • £25 - £50 for 4 hours
  • £45 - £90 for all day


Café in the library


Cafe in the Library (220x220)

A new and exciting way for Watford Mencap to provide support and services to people with a learning disability and their families. The café helps trainees to learn and develop new skills.

Come for coffee and cake; or try our sandwiches or soup for your lunch.