Welwyn Garden City Library - Time Line
Subscription Library set up in Welwyn Stores
New Town Book Club up and running. Cost 3s 0d (15p) to join. Everyone lent a book to the club which made available 500 books for any resident to borrow.
Subscription Library set up in one of the flats at the entrance to Guessens Court
Free County Library established in Lawrence Hall
The Subscription Library and the Free County Library joined together. The subscription was abolished. The library moved from Lawrence Hall to rooms in the Old Upper Handside Farmhouse
The Library moved from Handside to the wooden builders huts on The Campus site, which had been vacated by the Garden City Company. The Library now had two fully paid assistants and fifty volunteers.
The Library moved to rooms in the newly built Council Offices building, but the library soon outgrew its accommodation and the Children’s Library moved back to the wooden huts.
The Library moved to a vacant house, No 9 Guessens Road, which was owned by Theodore Chambers (chairman of the Garden City Company). Eventually Hertfordshire County Council bought the house and the library stayed there for twenty one years.
The Library moved to purpose built premises in the Mid Herts College site on The Campus
The Library at Campus West was officially opened by Sir John Betjeman