An exhibition of photographs and memorabilia will mark the 80th anniversary of Watford Central Library moving to its current location.

The library moved to Hempstead Road in 1928 and on December 12, a series of events will celebrate the milestone.

Alongside the exhibition, local people will be invited to add their memories of Watford and the library to a memory wall.

And on December 12, there will be talks on Watford Library local studies and family resources, at 10.30am, and a drop-in session on Ancestry.com, at 2pm.

Both sessions are free and there is no need to book.

Watford's first public library opened in Queens Road in 1874, where it shared a building with the School of Science and Art.

It was extended four times over the next 30 years and an estimated 100,000 people were using the news room by 1909.

The growth of both the library and the school meant new premises were needed and £5,000 was raised by the Library Committee and a grant from the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust.

Building work was halted by World War One and work on a new building in Hempstead Road did not begin until 1927. It was completed 12 months later at a cost of £20,000.

Keith Emsall, executive member for community safety and culture, said: “To be able to celebrate the 80th anniversary of one our key local services operating from one location is something to be proud of, particularly when you consider the scale of the changes that have affected society in general over that period.

“Watford Central Library has served the local community in its town centre location for all that time and we hope that many local people will come along and share their memories with other visitors.”

Among the services offered at Watford Central Library are Storytime/Baby Rhyme Time, Chatterbooks Home Library service, Reading Groups, accessible computer facilities, one to one IT taster sessions, Wi-Fi access, one hour free access to Ancestry.com, photocopier and fax facilities, exhibition space and a lecture hall.

Watford Central Library is open from 9am to 8pm on weekdays (except Thursday 10am to 8pm), 9am to 4pm on Saturdays and 1pm to 5pm on Sundays.

For more information, telephone 01923 471333.