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Library Card FAQs

LogosYou can access fabulous up to date e-books, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers and a whole lot more from home using your smartphone, tablet, laptop, PC or Mac... All you need is a library card number and PIN!

Don’t have a PIN?

Click here and we will email your PIN to you.
If you do not receive an e-mail from us within 5 minutes please Contact Us and we will update your library record and resend your PIN.

What resources do you have and how do I use them?

Whilst the branch libraries are closed the Virtual Library is open for business so you can keep reading!

BorrowBox

BorrowBox LogoFor audiobooks which can be downloaded and read offline.
Download the BorrowBox app and register for an BorrowBox account by clicking on 'Sign In';

  • Enter 'Bed' to search for your library service - select 'Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire'
  • log in with your library card number and PIN
  • Enter your e-mail address, display name and newsletter preferences

Once you have an account you can search, borrow and download up to 10 audiobooks; they are loaned for three weeks.

If you wish to use the BorrowBox website instead on a laptop or PC just log in here and click on the BorrowBox logo.

Need help?  Use the 'Send Feedback' option in the app or on the website or Contact Us.


RBdigital

RBdigital logoFor e-books, audiobooks and magazines which can be downloaded and read offline.
Download the RBdigital app and register for an RBDigital account by clicking on 'New to RBdigital? Register Now' and follow the four step process.
Once you have an account you can search, checkout (borrow) and download up to 10 e-books, 10 audiobooks and unlimited magazines.

If you wish to use the RBdigital website on a laptop or PC you will require additional software for the e-books called Adobe Digital Editions and for the audiobooks called RBDigital Media Manager. You can find out more and download the software from the RBDigital help pages

Log in here to access the RBdigital website.

Need help?  Use the 'Help' or 'Contact Us' option in the app or on the website for frequently asked questions and video tutorials or Contact Us.


PressReader

PressReader logoFor national and international magazines which can be read online and offline.
Log in here and click on 'Sign In'to log in with your library card number and PIN, alternatively download the PressReader app and 'Sign In' with your library card number and PIN.
You will have 30 days access to search, read online or download the newspapers and magazines.
Once the 30 days are up you will need to 'Sign In' again with your library card number and PIN to restart the clock.

Need help?  Visit the 'Help Center' in the app or on the website for frequently asked questions and video tutorials or Contact Us.


Freegal

Freegal logo24 hours of music streaming and 5 tracks downloaded for free a day.
Download the Freegal app, Enter Bedford, Select 'Bedford Libraries UK' from the list, then log in using your library card number and PIN.
You can then search and stream for up to 5 hours a day, plus download 5 tracks a day to keep.
You can use the Freegal website in the same way - just log in here

Need help?  Click on the three dots in the top right hand side of the app and the website for frequently asked questions and video tutorials or Contact Us.


Find out more about these and the other fabulous services you can access from home here.

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Page last updated: 27th April 2020