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Welcome to the Bedford Borough & Central Bedfordshire Virtual Library

Free downloadable e-books and e-audio

Free downloadable e-books and e-audio

Download free e-books and e-audio from OneClick Digital.
Choose from thousands of titles.
All you need is your library card number and PIN and a OneClick account.

Free downloadable e-books

Free Downloadable e-books

You can now download e-books for free from the Virtual Library.
Choose from over 900 titles.
All you need is your library card number and PIN.

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Would you like to be a Digital Buddy volunteer?

If you would like to share your expertise and help other library customers discover the wonder of the Internet and technology.
Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire are looking for volunteers.
Check out the volunteer profiles and apply today!

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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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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 Zinio.
Choose from over 50 popular titles on a range of subjects.
All you need is your library card number and PIN and a Zinio account.

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Refugee Week

Refugee Week celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.
Bedford Borough Libraries are delighted to be working with the Refugee Week in Bedford team.

Poem for You

Poem for You

Read the winning poems on the theme of light from our National Poetry Day competition.

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Follow Us!

Quirky factoids, quotes, jokes, library news and more
Why not follow us on Twitter and be ahead of the game!

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

Free downloadable e-music

Free downloadable e-music

Download and stream free e-music from Freegal.
Choose from over 9 million tracks and 15,000 videos.
All you need is your library card number.

Have your say library consultation

The Future of Bedford Borough Libraries

At the start of the year we undertook an extensive consultation, asking people what they felt about the Library Service and what was important to them.
We are now consulting on a draft library strategy and a range of options for how the service may be delivered in the future.
Have your say and tell us what you think. The consultation closes on Friday 29th July.

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Tess Gerritsen at Putnoe Library!

Yes really! Best selling author Tess Gerritsen will be at Putnoe Library on Monday 18th July at 12.00.
Buy your ticket now for the chance to hear her talk about her latest novel and get your copy signed.


Love Libraries?

If you love libraries and would like to know more about what we are doing then why not sign up for our e-newsletters?

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New Arena App!

The library in your pocket!
Search, request, renew and check your reservations.
Easy to use.
Download from your app store today!

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Total Film Magazine

Total Film Magazine is just one of over 50 top magazine titles available to download and read for free.
Watch the world come to life!
All you need is your library card number and PIN, then create a Zinio account and you are away!
Plus there is a great app - just visit your app store to download 'Zinio for Libraries' now.


Be a Friend of the Library

Would you like to support your local Central Bedfordshire library by helping to set up a Friends Group?
This is your chance to get involved in the community and promote the services your library provides.

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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!

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.


Dunstable Library Closure Update

Dunstable Library will be closed until Monday 11th July at the earliest due to an electrical fault and water damage.
The nearest alternative libraries are at Houghton Regis, Toddington and Leighton Buzzard.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Opening Hours Review for Central Bedfordshire Libraries

Central Bedfordshire Council is asking for your views about proposals to change library opening hours in Central Bedfordshire Libraries from April 2017. Have your say online or pick up a questionnaire from a Central Bedfordshire Library.
The consultation will end on Monday 5th September 2016.

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Crime Reading Month

Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough Libraries are delighted to be celebrating Crime Reading Month in June.
Check out the crime authors that are coming to a library near you!

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Be a Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer

Are you aged 14 - 19 years old?
Do you like the idea of volunteering with children during the summer holidays?
Can you spare time over the summer holidays listening to children chat about books?!
Why not volunteer and have the best summer ever!

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New e-audio Titles

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

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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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Music Highlights

Some of the stand out albums of 2016, 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.

Wee Jock - a Highlander in Bedford

The Bedford Highlanders!

Learn more about the fascinating story of the Highlanders in Bedford during WWI.
They doubled the town population and had a significant impact on the town's life.