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Free downloadable music

Free Music!

Download the Freegal app today to download 5 tracks a week and stream for up to 5 hours a day!
All for free -just log in with your library card number and PIN to access over 15 million tracks and 40,000 music videos today!


Make Do and Mend Volunteers

Make, Do and Mend
Want to help children learn crafting skills?
Volunteer with our Make, Do and Mend Club for children at Kempston Library on Wednesdays between 3.30 and 5.30 pm.
Find out more and send us your application!

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Making History

A selection of great recent history non-fiction from our stock.

Range of e-comic titles

New Comics to Download

Discover our brand new comics service from RB Digital.
There are over 75 different titles to choose from - from Deadpool and Avengers to Judge Dredd and Jurassic Park.
All for free -just log in with your library card number and PIN.

Free downloadable e-magazines

Free downloadable e-magazines

Download free e-magazines from RBDigital.
Choose from over 50 popular titles on a range of subjects.
All you need is your library card number and PIN and a RBDigital account.


Dunstable Library Reduction in Service

There will be a reduction in service at Dunstable Library on Sunday 8th September and Monday 9th September due to essential electrical works.
The main area of the library will be closed off to the public, access will be available to our self-service terminals so that items can still be returned. A selection of ‘quick pick’ items will also be available.
Unfortunately there will be no access to our public computers or iPad bar.
Customer return dates will be extended to cover this time period.
Normal opening hours resume on Tuesday 10th September.

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SF and Fantasy

Some of the best of science fiction and fantasy titles around.
Why not lose yourself in another world...

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Free Newspapers and Magazines Online!

From the Guardian, Observer and Independent to the Daily Star, Express and Mail.
Plus Sunday newspapers and all the supplements avaialable through PressReader.
All you need is your library card number and PIN and internet access.
Also discover an ever growing range of top title magazines.

Free downloadable e-music

Free downloadable e-music

Download and stream free e-music from Freegal.
Choose from over 15 million songs and 40,000 videos.
All you need is your library card number.

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Join the Space Chase!

Space Chase - The Summer Reading Challenge has started.
There is still plenty of time to sign up and earn all the fabulous prizes!
Visit your local library to sign up, get reading and win prizes!

National Geographic magazine

National Geographic Magazine

National Geographic is one of over 55 titles available to download for free.
Check out the collection of over 55 e-magazines available to download and read for free.
All you need is your library card number and PIN, then create a RB Digital account and you are away!
Plus there is a great app - just visit your app store to download the 'RB Digital' app now.

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Stay in the library loop!

If you love libraries and want to know the latest on news and events - sign up for our e-newsletters?
All the latest direct to your inbox.

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Library Humour

Funny things that book and library lovers can relate to.
Go on - take some time out for a giggle!

Join the library

Join the library

Not a member of the library?
Want to download amazing e-content plus borrow from the library and so much more.
Complete the online form.

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New e-audio Titles

21 new titles have been added to the e-audio service for August - discover them here!

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Cracking Cooking

A selection of great recent cookbooks from our stock, plus websites and more for inspiration and enjoyment.
Go on - have a go!

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Music Highlights

Some of the stand out albums of 2019, available from our collections or to stream or download through our Freegal subscription

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Graphic Novels

Our selection of the comics and graphic novels available in our libraries now, in the adult fiction section.

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Shelf Help

An amazing collection of books to help children aged 13 to 18 to manage their mental health, wellbeing and emotional resilience using recommended reading.

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Fantastic book and library related quotes to inspire and enthuse!
Why not share them with your friends?