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Hertfordshire County Council

Watford Central Library

Hempstead Road
WD17 3EU

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Opening hours

 Normal service Self service 


9.30am – 6pm



9.30am – 7pm



9.30am – 6pm



9.30am – 7pm



1pm – 6pm

9.30am – 1pm


9.30am – 4pm



1pm – 5pm


During  self service hours, you can:

  • borrow, return and renew books and other items
  • collect reserved items
  • use computers, Wi-Fi and study space
  • read newspapers and magazines
  • photocopy and print.

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

If you want to discuss your accessibility requirements, please email

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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 – 2 hours 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

Taster sessions for people new to computers or tablets.

Room hire

Lecture Hall

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



£10 to £30 per hour. Contact us for details

The Pod

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6 person capacity

  • Limited access – lift currently unavailable
  • 1 table
  • Free Wi-fi
  • Large interactive touchscreen
  • 1 PC


£7.50 to £20 per hour. Contact us for details



CreatorSpace is an area in the library where you can get creative.

Book a space, hire equipment or come along to a group. We've got:

  • 3D printer – £6 per hour
  • iMac – £3 per hour
  • PC – £3 per hour
  • Sewing machine – £3 per hour
  • Embroidery machine – £4 per hour
  • Digital cutter – £3 per hour
  • Freestanding screen – £3.40 per hour.


A4 printing or photocopying

  • Black and white – 20p single sided, 40p double sided
  • Colour – 60p single sided.


A3 printing or photocopying    

  • Black and white – 40p single sided, 80p double sided    
  • Colour – £1.20 single sided.



  • £1 per A4 page
  • £2 per A3 page.

To book equipment or a space, email

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.



Events in your library

From author talks to baby rhyme times, there are events for everyone at libraries in Hertfordshire.

Find a library event

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