Hereford Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library

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Wheelchair accessible symbol.16940 York Road
Hereford, Maryland 21111-1025


  • Telephone: 410-887-1919



  • Sun: 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Mon: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Tue: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Wed: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Thu: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Fri: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Sat: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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The Renovated Hereford Branch


The renovation of the Hereford Branch required significant work. The branch doubled in size by expanding to occupy both levels of the building. Here are photographs of the completed renovation.


The exterior of the newly renovated Hereford BranchThe new main floor desk at the Hereford Branch library.The new Hereford Branch lobbyThe Hereford Branch children's area.The Hereford Branch children's area.The Hereford Branch study areaThe Hereford Branch CD area on the main floor.The Hereford Branch stairway display.Another view of the Hereford Branch stairway display.A view from the top floor stairway at the Hereford Branch. The Hereford Branch computers area and meeting rooms.The Hereford Branch Hive and computers area.The egg chairs in the new Hereford Branch teen area.


The Hive


The Hive offers customers a place for creative expression and provides visibility to local artists and makers. The space is open during library hours for the public to learn, create, and interact with an artist or maker.


Artists and makers are welcome to apply to be an artist or maker in residence at The Hive. Selected artists or makers must spend at least two days per week making or creating in The Hive. In consultation with the branch, each artist or maker is expected to plan and present at least two interactive sessions, workshops, public programs, or other forms of community engagement during each month of residency. These can be for a specific age groups or open for all. Apply to be considered as an Artist/Maker in Residence. [PDF]

Other Services

In addition to book, CD and DVD collections for all ages, this branch offers the following.



The Friends of Hereford Library (FOHL) is a group of community volunteers who provide supplemental funds for the Hereford Branch. In addition, they sponsor a monthly Book Discussion, and work to promote and support all BCPL library services. The group actively advocated for a permanent Hereford library facility, and now advocates for the completion of Phase Two (improved parking) of the Branch renovation. FOHL meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. There is no meeting in July and August. New members are always welcome to attend. Check out upcoming Friends activities.





Hereford Friends' Book Discussion

Generally meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m.  Public invited!



About This Branch


In 1983, the Hereford High School PTA initiated the idea for a "North County" library. The branch opened on October 3, 1988 on the first floor of the Hereford Center building. County Executive Dennis Rasmussen and County Councilman Dutch Ruppersberger cut the ribbon. The 5,000-square-foot branch opened with 11,000 items and was primarily staffed with volunteers.


In 2002 the library was expanded to 7,500 square feet. Operating hours were extended in 2006.


On July 25, 2015, a broken water pipe extensively damaged the interior of the building. This led Baltimore County officials to accelerate a renovation for the building that had been planned for 2017. The branch closed for nearly 1 year to undergo the $3 million extensive renovation and expansion. The Hereford Branch unveiled the brand new space on the morning of June 14, 2016. The library expanded to both floors of the building, doubling the space for books, computers and meeting areas. With 15,000 square feet of space, the library features self-service kiosks for checking out books, several computers for public use, a bar with outlets for laptop use, community meeting rooms, a quiet study area and The Hive, "a collaborative art/maker space."


About This Community


The "Hereford Zone" constitutes 20 percent of all of the land in Baltimore County. It includes a number of communities including Hereford, Parkton, Monkton, Freeland, Sparks, White Hall, Jacksonville, Upperco and Glyndon. While many of these are older, established rural locations, the Hereford Zone is the most sparsely populated area in Baltimore County. Strict zoning laws prohibit any planned communities from developing, with large single-family housing lots and agricultural activity predominating.


Because of its higher elevation and microclimate, the weather of the Hereford Zone is slightly different from that of the rest of the county.


Additional Information


BCPL's collection contains materials on Hereford.



Revised: March 16, 2018