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Coronavirus Response from Central Bedfordshire Libraries

Coronavirus Home

We are delighted to announce the start of our library Select and Collect service on Tuesday 11th August. Libraries will not be open for browsing yet but Select and Collect gives you the chance to get your hands on some library books again.

You will be able to choose your library books in two ways:

  • Request a staff selected bundle of up to 10 fiction books of a genre you like, for example, crime or family saga. Children’s and Teen book bundles can also be requested.
    (Large print books and spoken word CDs can be included in bundles but not DVDs or magazines.)
    You will be able to select your bundle using a new online form or by phoning your local library.
  • Reserve individual fiction or non-fiction titles for free using Arena, our online library catalogue.

You will also be able to return any books you have been looking after at home and collect any reservations that have been waiting for you at the library.

At the moment all our library buildings remain closed to the public so all our activities and events will remain online.

More information will be posted on the Central Bedfordshire Council website, here on the Virtual Library and on social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Please be assured that whilst the remain libraries closed to the public no overdue charges are being applied to items that were due back on or after the 20th March.

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:

  • BorrowBox - downloadable audiobooks
  • 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.

For more information about the coronavirus and things to do from home click here


Page last updated: 10th August 2020