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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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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.

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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!

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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The Big Friendly Read

The Summer Reading Challenger has started!!!!!
Visit your local library today to sign up, read books and win prizes!
Going on holiday? Don't worry it does not finish until Saturday 10th September.

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.


Libraries E-newsletter

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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The Arena App!

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

What's On Magazine

What's On Magazine

What's On 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!

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.

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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Pokémon Go!

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


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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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 July - 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.