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Watford Library

Watford Central Library

Hempstead Road
WD17 3EU

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Watford Central Library is now CLOSED

We open again today 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, magazines and DVDs
  • Return or renew your items
  • Pay overdue charges
  • Use a computer or our free wi-fi

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.


Our visual story (PDF 618Kb) Opening in a new window can help you find your way around the library if you have autism or learning disabilities.

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: (A4 only)
    20p – single page, black and white
    50p – single page, colour
  • IT Champion available:
    Mondays: 9.30am - 11.15am (Term time only)
    Wednesdays: 10.30am - 12:30 pm
    Saturdays: 10am - 12pm, 12pm - 2pm and 2pm - 3pm
    Sundays: 2pm - 3pm

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.

£30 per day

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

Book Watford Library's exhibition space:

Email: libraries.information@hertfordshire.gov.uk