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Welcome to the Bedford Borough & Central Bedfordshire Virtual Library

Happy Easter

Easter Holiday Events

Check out our Easter programme of activities and fun
and before that some Mother's Day events too!

Free downloadable e-books

New e-books

Lots of new e-books have been added to the collection.
Check out the new titles - the perfect book for you could be just a few clicks away.

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.

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Making History

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

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.

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Britannica Library

Read and cite articles, search images and videos, and save content to access another time.
There are three levels to choose from, Junior, Student, and Adult, so perfect for all ages.
Log in using your library card and PIN and start using Britannica Libary today.


New Dunstable Library Opens in May

Dunstable Library will open on the 13th May in the new £20.1m million Dunstable Centre.
Find out more about the new Library and the Centre here.

Free downloadable music

More Streaming with Freegal

You can now stream music for up to 5 hours a day!
Plus don't forget you can download 5 tracks a week and keep them forever. 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!

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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...

Free downloadable e-music

Free downloadable e-music

Download and stream free e-music from Freegal.
Choose from over 13 million songs and 15,000 videos.
All you need is your library card number.

Code Club

Call for Code Club Volunteers!

Interested in sharing your love of coding with children?
Love all things code? Scratch...Python...Raspberry Pi etc.
Help run a coding club for 8 to 12 year olds at Bedford Central and Kempston Library.

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Car Magazine

Car 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!

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GDPR is Here

You will probably have heard about it!
Received e-mails about it!
The General Data Protection Regulation is here, find out how your library service and council are meeting the new requirements to make sure your data is protected and secure at all times.

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 April - 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!

Tom Walker album

Music Highlights

Some of the stand out albums of 2018, 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?