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Welcome to the Bedford Borough & Central Bedfordshire Virtual Library


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Arena, the online catalogue, will be unavailable on Saturday 17th June from 10pm.
We hope the essential server work will only take 3 hours, but we guarantee the service will be back by 7am on Sunday 18th June.
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Choose from over 16,000 graphic novels and comics.
Read online or download using the ComicsPlus 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.

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Making History

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

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

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 for You

The National Poetry Day winners on the theme of Messages.

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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...

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.
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.

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OneClick and Zinio are Changing


OneClick (e-books and e-audio) and Zinio (e-magazines) are merging - from the 27th June they will be called RBdigital.
This means that you will be able to access all three types of e-stock in one place using one log in.
There will be a new RBdigital app and the two websites will be updated.
There will be a period of downtime from 01:00 until 17:00 on the 27th June while this is being carried out.

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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!

Stuff Magazine

Stuff Magazine

Stuff 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 Zinio account and you are away!
PLus there is a great app - just visit your app store to download 'Zinio for Libraries' now..

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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Be a Summer Reading Challenger Volunteer

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?
We would love to hear from you!

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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 2017, 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!