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Anyone can use the library for studying and for information. You need to join the library if you wish to borrow books or any other items and to use our online services or download ebooks or audiobooks from your own computer.

Can I join?

You can join the library if you live, work or study in Hertfordshire, and it is free.

How do I become a member?

You can apply for membership by filling in our online application form. You will be given a temporary membership number and PIN which is valid for six weeks. You can use your number to reserve up to three items immediately, but you will not be able to borrow anything or use the elibrary until you have your library card which you can collect from any Hertfordshire library.

You can apply for membership in person by visiting any public library in Hertfordshire and completing an application form or by taking your temporary number if you have already joined online. You will need to show one form of identification that shows your name and current address, such as a bank statement, rent book, driving/TV licence or utility bill.
Please note photocopies are not accepted.

Can children join the library?

We welcome children of any age.  If your child is under 16 you will need to take proof of your name and current address with you to the library, and fill in a form on his/her behalf. You will be asked to sign the form as a guarantor and you will be responsible for items borrowed on that card. No additional ID is required for the child.

How many items can I borrow and for how long?

You can borrow up to 12 items on your membership card.  Books, audio books, and most language courses are loaned for three weeks, magazines are loaned for one week. DVDs and CDs are hired for one week.

Can I use my membership card in other libraries?

You can borrow items using your library card from any public library in Hertfordshire or within SELMS. SELMS is a consortium of 10 library authorities who are working together to improve access to library resources.

What do I do if I lose my membership card?

Please let us know as soon as possible if it is lost or stolen.
To get a replacement card, you will need to visit any Hertfordshire library with a form of identification that shows your name and current address.

Library byelaws  

Rules for the membership and use of Hertfordshire libraries are contained in the library byelaws. Please click on the link below to "Library Byelaws" for further details.

  • Library Byelaws

    BYELAWS made under section 19 of the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964 by the HERTFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL