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Coronavirus Response from Central Bedfordshire Libraries

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We are continuing to follow government guidelines about the Covid-19 outbreak, which includes the closure of our libraries and Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre.

The health and safety of our staff, community, volunteers and customers are paramount and we believe that this is the correct decision.

To help library customers over the coming weeks, we have extended the due dates on items on loan and have paused charges on any items that are already overdue.

We are pleased to let you know of some changes that will make using the library during the closure more convenient for you:

  • Items already on loan, and not overdue on Friday 20th March, have been extended by 12 weeks
  • Items renewed online using Arena or the Bedfordshire Libraries app will be renewed until the week beyond the 12th June
  • No charges will be incurred during the closure period
  • Customer requests will be kept until the libraries re-open

Please do not attempt to return your library items during the closure period - we ask that you keep hold of these until the libraries re-open.

Anyone can join the library, you don’t have to be an existing library member and no proof of identification is required. Why not join us online today?

If you decide to become a member you can access a wide range of e-resources, including e-books, audiobooks and magazines which are available via the Bedfordshire Libraries app, logging in with your library card number and PIN.

Discover the wide range of online services and resources available through the Virtual Library, including e-books, audio books and e-magazines. Other resources including newspapers, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Credo reference sources, are available online by logging in with library card number and pin. Visit the Virtual Library today and check out the follow:

  • RB Digital - downloadable e-books, audiobooks and magazines all in one place
  • PressReader - Thousands of national and international newspapers and magazines to be read online or downloaded
  • Freegal - Millions of tracks to be streamed for up to 5 hours a day or download 5 tracks a day to keep

Please contact us if you have any questions and check the Virtual Library, Facebook or Twitter for updates.

Thank you for your understanding during this time.

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Page last updated: 27th March 2020