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Opening Hours

MondaySelf-Service9:00am - 11:00am
Staffed11:00am - 4:00pm
Self-Service4:00pm - 6:00pm
TuesdaySelf-Service9:00am - 11:00am
Staffed11:00am - 4:00pm
Self-Service4:00pm - 6:00pm
WednesdaySelf-Service9:00am - 11:00am
Staffed11:00am - 4:00pm
Self-Service4:00pm - 6:00pm
ThursdaySelf-Service9:00am - 11:00am
Staffed11:00am - 4:00pm
Self-Service4:00pm - 6:00pm
FridaySelf-Service9:00am - 11:00am
Staffed11:00am - 4:00pm
Self-Service4:00pm - 6:00pm
SaturdaySelf-Service9:00am - 10:00am
Staffed10:00am - 5:00pm
Self-Service5:00pm - 6:00pm
SundaySelf-Service10:00am - 11:00am
Staffed11:00am - 2:00pm
Self-Service2:00pm - 4:00pm

One Off Closures:
06/05/19 May Day: Open 10:00 to 16:00 for LibraryPlus only
27/05/19 Spring Bank Holiday: Open 10:00 to 16:00 for LibraryPlus only


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


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


Space Race Rocket

Come along to create your very own space rocket.
On 13/07/19 from 10:30 to 16:30


Learn more about galaxies, stars and planets in our visiting planetarium. Contact the library to book your place.
On 22/07/19 from 11:15 to 15:30

Rocket Gliders

Drop in to make rocket gliders, how far will yours go?
On 22/07/19 from 11:30 to 15:30

Decorate a Wooden Rocket

Decorate these wonderful rockets and take them home.
On 23/07/19 from 11:30 to 15:30


Come along for a story and stay for some crafty fun!
On 24/07/19 from 11:30 to 12:00

Space Scratch Art

Get creative with Scratch Art.
On 24/07/19 from 12:00 to 13:00

Robot Finger Puppets

Join us to make robot finger puppets - maybe you will make enough for a finger puppet show!
On 24/07/19 from 13:00 to 15:30

Alien Door Hanger

Make an alien door hanger - will it be scary enough to stop people coming into your room?!
On 25/07/19 from 12:00 to 14:30

Space Scene Craft

Draw your own space scene using chalk.
On 26/07/19 from 11:30 to 15:30

Space Mural

Help students from Bedford College to create an out of this world space mural. Then stay for colouring and word puzzles until 3.30pm
On 29/07/19 from 11:15 to 13:15

Alien Junk Modelling

Join students from Bedford College to make the best junk model alien ever!
On 30/07/19 from 11:15 to 13:15

Space Race Glasses

Design and decorate some funky space glasses!
On 31/07/19 from 11:30 to 15:30

Paper Plate UFOs

Drop in to create your own UFO!
On 01/08/19 from 12:00 to 15:30

Solar System Window Decorations

Join us to make a planetary window decoration for your bedroom.
On 02/08/19 from 11:30 to 15:30

Under the Sea Bookmarks

Fabulous bookmarks with a fishy theme.
On 05/08/19 from 13:15 to 15:30

Cartoon Workshop

Learn how to create a cartoon with the students from Bedford College.
On 05/08/19 from 11:15 to 13:15

Tropical Fish Suncatchers

Cast fabulous light patterns with your very own tropical fish suncatcher.
On 06/08/19 from 11:30 to 15:30


Come along for a story and stay for some crafty fun!
On 07/08/19 from 11:30 to 12:00

Hat Craft

Make and decorate a fabulous hat!
On 07/08/19 from 12:00 to 13:00

Lego & Colouring

Finish off the day with some bricks and crayons!
On 07/08/19 from 13:00 to 15:30

Sea Life Gliders

Come along to make an under the sea themed glider.
On 08/08/19 from 12:00 to 15:30

Decorate a Fish

How sparkly and colourful will your fish be?
On 09/08/19 from 11:30 to 15:30

Woodland Animal Masks

Which woodland animal will you choose to be?
On 12/08/19 from 11:30 to 15:30

Hedgehog Craft

Create your own spiky friend from a paper plate to take home.
On 13/08/19 from 11:30 to 15:30

Wooden Animal Craft

Drop in to decorate a wooden animal shape.
On 14/08/19 from 11:30 to 15:30

Owl Craft

Design and decorate your owl paper plate.
On 15/08/19 from 12:00 to 15:30

Origami Fox

Learn how to make a fox using origami.
On 16/08/19 from 11:30 to 15:30

Regular Events

Lego Club

Saturdays from 11.00 to 12.00

Sunday is Fun Day

Sunday from 11.30 to 1.30

Liberal Democrats (For details phone 01234 221757)

Saturdays from 11.00 to 12.00

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

Monday from 11.30 to 12.00

Rhymetime (Term Time Only)

Tuesday from 2:00 to 2:30


Thursday from 11.30 to 12.00