The architect was J Myrtle Smith, who designed the library in the Wren revival style. The building included a School of Art.
Every detail in the building was crafted with a meticulous eye for design; the banisters on the stairs, the handles to the doors, the stained glass windows, all were manufactured for this specific building and to the highest possible standard. The first Librarian was Oswald C Hudson. [from the caption to a photo on the Francis Frith site]
Wings were added, in the same style, to the left and right in 1956.
Awarded Grade II listing in 1983.
Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Hertfordshire county council (2016)
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- Year opened (and by who – if known): 1 July 1907
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Old photo of library (postcard):