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Opening Hours

Monday9:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday9:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday9:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday9:00am - 1:00pm
Friday9:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday9:00am - 5:00pm
SundayClosed

One Off Closures:

Building

  • Automatic Doors
  • Disabled Toilets . access with a RADAR key only
  • Escalator
  • Lift
  • Meeting Room (with hearing loop)
  • Public Parking Nearby
  • Toilets

Facilities

  • Access to software
  • Computer prints
  • Free WiFi
  • Internet access
  • Microfilm and fiche prints
  • Photocopier
  • Public fax service
  • RFID

Events

World Book Day

Celebrate Jacqueline Wilson`s new book `Butterfly Beach` with us. Come along and decorate gorgeous butterflies to fly around the library. Just drop in!
On 04/03/17 from 10:00 to 16:00

Process Painting with Sophie Gresswell

See paint move and colour crackle. Pop into the process painting workshop where we will focus on exploring the chemical reactions used in process painting. You will watch materials blend and repel to create crazy patterns. We will look at the way acrylic/watercolour paint reacts with liquids like water, oil, soap and milk. Then make a small abstract painting from these reactions to show how a scientific experiment can turn into a work of art. This workshop is suitable for ages 5+ as along as children are accompanied by an adult. Sessions are every hour, on the hour. Part of the BedPop Science Lab Day in Bedford Town Centre. Follow the link http://www.bedpop.co.uk/bedpop-science-lab-2017/
On 11/03/17 from 10:00 to 16:00

Bletchley Park Code Cracking

Get stuck into some mind-bending code cracking with the boffins from Bletchley Park. Lots of hands-on activities for all ages. Part of the BedPop Science Lab Day in Bedford Town Centre. Follow the link http://www.bedpop.co.uk/bedpop-science-lab-2017/
On 11/03/17 from 10:00 to 16:00

Enigma Machine Demonstration

Hands on demonstrations of a real, working Enigma machine. Find out more about how the code-crackers at Bletchley Park helped bring an end to the Second World War and how they used the Enigma machine to unscramble Nazi codes. Sessions start at 10.30 am, 11.30 am, 12.30 pm, 2.30 pm, 3.30 pm and 4.30 pm. Part of the BedPop Science Lab Day in Bedford Town Centre. Follow the link http://www.bedpop.co.uk/bedpop-science-lab-2017/
On 11/03/17 from 10:30 to 16:30

Mission Starlight: a global experiment on UV protection

Your mission is to stop UV light harming an astronaut under the guidance of the Royal Society of Chemistry. What materials work best? Do they have the right properties for a spacesuit? How about an astronaut`s visor? Take part in the Royal Society of Chemistry`s experiment and share your data with thousands of students from around the world. Sessions start at 10.00 am, 12.00 pm and 2.00 pm. Part of the BedPop Science Lab Day in Bedford Town Centre. http://www.bedpop.co.uk/bedpop-science-lab-2017/
On 11/03/17 from 10:00 to 14:00

The Science of Sign Language with Access Bedford

Learn more about communication through sign language with Access Bedford. Hands-on art activities will help you learn how to sign your name and more! Part of the BedPop Science Lab Day in Bedford Town Centre. Follow the link http://www.bedpop.co.uk/bedpop-science-lab-2017/
On 11/03/17 from 10:00 to 16:00

Lego Club

Love Lego? Then come along and get building!
On 11/03/17 from 10:00 to 16:00

Trace Your Irish Ancestors

Interested in tracing your Irish ancestors? Together we will visit a number of web sites to help you begin to trace your Irish ancestors. Contact the library to book your free place.
On 23/03/17 from 10:00 to 11:30

Old Maps and New - digital mapping and its use in local history research

This talk will explore the ways that historical maps can be related to the present landscape and will highlight some of the projects that are currently being carried out. Tickets 1.00 - available form the library in advance, or on the door.
On 25/03/17 from 11:00 to 12:00

Mad as a March Hare

Folklore, sayings & `mad` characters. A Down Memory Lane event.
On 31/03/17 from 11:00 to 12:00

Mine`s a Pint

Celebrating Bedford`s brewing history
On 28/04/17 from 11:00 to 12:00

Bygone Bedford - The High Street

How the High Street has changed. A Down Memory Lane event.
On 26/05/17 from 11:00 to 12:00

June is Busting Out All Over

Musicals, characters and shows. A Down Memory Lane event.
On 30/06/17 from 11:00 to 12:00

Away Day

A Down Memory Lane event. Venue to be confirmed.
On 28/07/17 from 11:00 to 12:00

Gadgets Now & Then

A look at some of our favourites. A Down Memory Lane event.
On 25/08/17 from 11:00 to 12:00

Best in Show

Our third annual show. A Down Memory Lane event.
On 29/09/17 from 11:00 to 12:00

The Bedford Highlanders

What do you know about these Scottish soldiers? A Down Memory Lane event.
On 24/11/17 from 11:00 to 12:00

It`s Christmas

Festive fun & get together. A Down Memory Lane event.
On 15/12/17 from 11:00 to 12:00

Beetle Drive

Try your hand at this popular game. A Down Memory Lane event.
On 27/12/17 from 11:00 to 12:00


Regular Events

Lego Club

Saturdays from 11.00 to 12.00

Liberal Democrats (For details phone 01234 221757)

Saturdays from 11.00 to 12.00

Adult Colouring (all materials supplied)

Monday from 10.00 to 12.00

Baby Rymetime for 0 - 18 months (Term Time Only)

Monday from 11.00 to 11.30

Story Time and Rhyme Time (Term Time Only)

Tuesday from 2:00 to 2:30

Update your literacy (Term Time Only)

Tuesday from 11:00 to 1:00

Work Club

Tuesday from 1.00 to 3.00

Work Club

Tuesday from 9.30 to 12.00

Story Time and Rhyme Time

Thursday from 11.00 to 11.30

Adult Colouring (all materials supplied)

Friday from 2.00 to 3.00


Other Events

Down Memory Lane

Last Friday of the month
Fridays 11.00 - 12.00

Knit and Knatter

For details phone the library
Wednesday(Fortnightly) 2.00-3.30