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Welcome to the Bedford Borough & Central Bedfordshire Virtual Library

News! Bedford Bedford Borough Libraries Update

From Monday 27th September pre-covid loan periods will be reinstated.
Following the Government’s confirmation of the next step in easing lockdown restrictions your local library will have a number of measures in place to help ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience in line with Government and public health guidance.
All our libraries are open for limited browsing and essential PC use.

Select and Collect logo Select and Collect

Select and Collect is available in all Central Bedfordshire Libraries and on Bedford Borough Mobile Library.
All our libraries are also open for limited browsing and PC use.

Your libary at home icon Your Library At Home

Learn how to access amazing digital resources from the comfort of your home;
E-books, audiobooks, newspapers, magazines and more.

Ancestry Logo Ancestry

In response to the current situation Ancestry are allowing customers to access the resource from home.
Now is a great time to start researching your family history.

Book cover for Metropolis Making History

A selection of great recent history non-fiction from our stock.

e-magazines icon Free downloadable e-magazines

Download free e-magazines from Libby.
Choose from over 2,000 popular titles on a range of subjects.
All you need is your library card number and PIN.

News! Central Bedfordshire Libraries Update

All Central Bedfordshire Libraries are open for limited browsing and essential PC use.
On the 7th September we made some changes - reintroducing overdue fees and hire charges and returning to standard loan periods, loan limits and account limits.
We will continue to offer Select and Collect services.

Newspapers on mobile devices Free Newspapers and Magazines Online!

From the Guardian, Observer and Independent to the Daily Star, Express and Mail.
Plus Sunday newspapers and all the supplements avaialable through PressReader.
All you need is your library card number and PIN and internet access.
Also discover an ever growing range of top title magazines.

Reading Well Logo Reading Well Collection

The Reading Well collection provides self-help reading for adults dealing with a range of mental health and other long term conditions.
'It's an inspiration ...'

e-music icon Free downloadable e-music

Download and stream free e-music from Freegal.
Choose from over 15 million songs and 40,000 videos.
All you need is your library card number.

Cover of National Geographic Traveller Magazine National Geographic Traveller Magazine

National Geographic Traveller is one of over 2,000 magazine titles available to download for free.
All you need is your library card number and PIN to log in to account and you are away!
Plus there is a great app - just visit your app store to download the Libby app now.

Email icon Stay in the library loop!

If you love libraries and want to know the latest on news and events - sign up for our e-newsletters?
All the latest direct to your inbox.

Join the library icon Join the library

Not a member of the library?
Want to download amazing e-content plus borrow from the library and so much more.
Complete the online form.

Book cover for The Fixer by Claudia Carroll New e-audio Titles

New titles have been added to the e-audio service for October - discover them here!

Book cover of Big Zuu's Big Eats Cracking Cooking

A selection of great recent cookbooks from our stock, plus websites and more for inspiration and enjoyment.
Go on - have a go!

Jake Bugg album cover Music Highlights

Artists, albums and playlists available from our collections or to stream or download through our Freegal subscription

Book cover of The Art of Resilience Live Well, Feel Well

Live well and feel well with these books and resources on mental health and well-being.

Shelf Help logo Shelf Help

An amazing collection of books to help children aged 13 to 18 to manage their mental health, wellbeing and emotional resilience using recommended reading.

Quote about books or libraries Quotes

Fantastic book and library related quotes to inspire and enthuse!
Why not share them with your friends?