Bedford Borough Council logo Central Bedfordshire Council logo

The Virtual Library

Menu
Follow us on Pinterest Follow us on Twitter Contact us on Facebook Home Page What's On Contact Us Help

Welcome to the Bedford Borough & Central Bedfordshire Virtual Library

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.

Library humour image

Library Humour

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

Book cover for Boots on the Ground

Making History

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

Image of book quote

Quotes

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

News

Shefford Library Needs You!

Do you have a skill or talent that you'd like to share?
Would you be prepared to voluntarily run a series of classes for adults in the library?
If so please come into the library and have a chat with a member of staff.

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.

Poem

Poem for You

The National Poetry Day winners on the theme of Messages.

Make a Difference

We Need You!

Are you aged 14 to 19 years old?
Why not volunteer in your local library and make a difference?
Bedford Borough are looking for volunteers to help with stock, promotions, Lego Club and activities.
Follow Us!!

Follow Us!

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

Book cover of Peter F Hamilton Titles

SF and Fantasy

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

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.

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.

Christmas begins now

Christmas Fun

There are amazing free events and activities happening in your local library
Check out the programme here and join us!

Email image

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.

Gardeners' World Magazine

Gardeners' World Magazine

Easy Cook 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.

News

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.

Book cover of Eat. Live. Go

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.

Book cover for Betrayal - new e-audio titles

New e-audio Titles

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

Shelf Help logo

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.

Olly Murs album

Music Highlights

Some of the stand out albums of 2016, available from our collections or to stream or download through our Freegal subscription

Book covers of Kick Ass

Graphic Novels

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

Pokemon logo

Pokémon Go!

Are you Pokémon crazy?
Lots of the libraries are PokéStops or Pokémon Gyms.
Come along and see what you can find!

Dump it on Parliament Image

Dump it on Parliament

Learn more about the original campaign to stop a nuclear waste site being built at Elstow and discover how it has inspired amazing original creativity as part of the Library as Laboratory project.