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Select and Collect

Select and Collect in Central Bedfordshire Libraries

We are delighted to announce the start of our library Select and Collect service on Tuesday 11th August.
Libraries will not be open for browsing yet but Select and Collect gives you the chance to get your hands on some library books again.

Staycation

Staycation Books

Thinking of holidaying in the UK?
Get planning using these these fabulous Slow Travel guides from Bradt for English counties.

Your libary at home

Your Library At Home

Learn how to access amazing digital resources from the comfort of your home;
E-books, audiobooks, newspapers, magazines and more.

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Ancestry

In response to the current situation Ancestry are allowing customers to access the resource from home.
Now is a great time to start researching your family history.

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Making History

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

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Reading Well Collection

The Reading Well collection provides self-help reading for adults dealing with a range of mental health and other long term conditions.
'It's an inspiration ...'

Free downloadable e-magazines

Free downloadable e-magazines

Download free e-magazines from RBdgital.
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.

News!

Coronavirus Update from Bedford Bedford Borough Libraries

While local infection rates remain high, Bedford Borough Council has made the decision to keep Bedford Borough Libraries closed for the time being.
The safety of our staff, volunteers and customers continues to be our top priority.
We will provide further information as soon as we are able to here and on our social media channels.

Silly Squad the Summer Reading Challenge

Silly Squad is Online!

Silly Squad, the Summer Reading Challenge has started.
The challenge has moved online this year - your kids can set their reading goals and release lots of fun rewards plus there are fabulous activties to enjoy.
Find out more about the challenge here.

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E-books from Other Worlds

Some of the best of science fiction and fantasy ebooks from RBdigital.
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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Fabulous Online Performance

Join John Kirk on the 7th August as he performs this classic children's favourite; The Twits.
Find out more and book your tickets here.

National Geographic magazine

National Geographic Magazine

National Geographic Magazine 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 RBdigital account and you are away!
Plus there is a great app - just visit your app store to download the 'RBdigital' 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

Artists, albums and playlists available from our collections or to stream or download through our Freegal subscription

Couch Potato's Guide to Getting Fit

Live Well, Feel Well

Live well and feel well with these books and resources on mental health and well-being.

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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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Quotes

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