Join the library

So, you’re thinking of joining the library. If you haven’t been in for a few years, don’t worry! Things might have changed quite a bit, but mostly for the better. Library staff are friendly and helpful and always available to lend a hand with self-service machines, with using computers or with finding items. Sign up right now online.

As well as books for adults and children you’ll find newspapers, computers, reference materials, plus ebooks and audiobooks that you can download and borrow from home. And, did you know that your Hertfordshire library card will also get you access to some online services such as Oxford Reference, Who’s Who and Britannica Online?

There’s also an online enquiry service that’s ideal if you’re fielding homework questions or doing research. And, if you’re interested in your family’s history, you’ll find Hertfordshire’s Archives and Local Studies centre (HALS), which is based in Hertford, an absolute goldmine.

One of the best things about public libraries is that people of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life use them – so you shouldn’t feel out of place. Just visit the website for all the details or pop in with proof of your address (your council tax bill, driving licence or bank statement is ideal) to sign up on the spot. There are no residence restrictions so if you work, study or visit relatives here, you’re welcome too.

In the present financial climate, it really is a case of ‘use it or lose it.’ So, if you think your town needs a public library, make sure you make that clear by becoming a member. And, if you like what you find, you could even talk friends and family into joining as well.