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Watford Central Library

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Central Library
Hempstead Road
Watford
Hertfordshire
WD17 3EU

Telephone
For all enquiries, including renewals, please call 0300 123 4049.

  • Select option 1 for renewals (03.00 - 23.45 every day)
  • Select option 2 for all other enquiries (Mon-Fri 08.00 - 20.00, Sat 09.00 - 16.00)

Our Minicom number is 0300 123 4041 (Mon-Fri 08.00 - 20.00, Sat 09.00 - 16.00).

Opening hours

Check here for Bank Holiday opening times.

Monday: 09.30 - 18.00
Tuesday: 09.30 - 19.00
Wednesday: 09.30 - 18.00
Thursday: 09.30 - 19.00
Friday: 13.00 - 18.00
Saturday: 09.30 - 16.00
Sunday: 13.00 17.00


Café facilities, run by Watford Day Centre, are available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 10am-2.45pm.
A hot drinks vending machine is available on other days of the week.

Access for people with disabilities

  • Following a series of improvements the public areas of the library are now completely accessible including the Lecture Theatre. The Lecture Theatre is only fully accessible during library opening hours. Ask staff for further details and best routes as the building is complex in arrangement.
  • Accessible toilets on both floors
  • Hearing induction loops
  • Accessible computer facilities
  • Supernova software for screen-reading and magnification
  • Electronic magnifier


Computer facilities

Computer Suite providing:

  • Internet and web-based e-mail
  • Windows XP
  • Office 2010: Word, Excel,Powerpoint, Access and Publisher
  • Media players and image manipulation software
  • InPage Urdu - Urdu word processing/desktop publishing software
  • Executive Panjabi - Panjabi word processing software
  • Executive Gujerati - Gujerati word processing software
  • Digital scanner
  • Colour A4 printer

A free Wi-Fi service is also available in the library for users with their own Wi-Fi enabled device.

Services and facilities

  • Toddler Tales
  • Baby Rhyme Time
  • Baby changing
  • Electronic magnifier
  • Photocopier (black & white)
  • Fax service
  • Study space
  • Microfilm/microfiche reader/printer
  • Display and exhibition space
  • Lecture hall available for hire
  • Current electoral register not held