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Welcome to the Bedford Borough & Central Bedfordshire Virtual Library

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Mischief Makers

We are halfway through the summer holidays, but there is still time to become a Mischief Maker!
Come along and sign up for the chance to win prizes and read lots of books this summer.
Plus don't miss out on the amazing events happening at your local library!

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Making History

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

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Comics Plus

Choose from over 16,000 graphic novels and comics.
Read online or download using the Comics Plus app.
Discover the amazing selection here.
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.

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.

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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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.

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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.

News - New Dunstable Library

A New Library for Dunstable

In preparation for the next chapter of Dunstable Library, opening hours at the current library at Vernon Place will be changing.
From Tuesday 11th September Dunstable Library will be open from 10am to 2pm Tuesday to Saturday.
Its last day will be Saturday 22nd December when it will close its doors for the last time at 2pm, ahead of the move into its new home at The Dunstable Centre.

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Become and Summer Reading Challenge Champion

Bedford Borough Libraries are looking for volunteers aged between 14 and 19 who are looking for a fun way to spend their summer break?
Central Bedfordshire are seeking volunteers aged 13 to 24 years old to volunteer this summer.
How about becoming and Mischief Maker volunteer and support children as they complete the challenge this summer?

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Red Magazine

Red 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

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

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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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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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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?