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News! Stotfold Library: proposals for a bigger library located in the nearby Greenacre centre

We are proposing to relocate Stotfold library to the hall in the nearby Greenacre Centre.
We're working in partnership with Stotfold Town Council, which owns both buildings. We currently lease the Simpson Centre from Stotfold Town Council for the library service and the proposal would see us lease the hall in the Greenacre Centre from Stotfold Town Council for the library service in the future. The popular, privately-run cafe (Box of Cakes), which operates next to the existing library building would also be re-located into the Greenacre Centre.
The move to the new location will allow us to provide a much larger, modern library for the benefit of the community.
The consultation is now open and closes on Thursday 28th July.
For more information and to have your say please go to: Stotfold Library Consultation

News! LibraryPlus is now available at Kempston and Putnoe Libraries!

Opening hours have changed and been extended, giving you more choice and flexibility in how you use your library. Find out more about LibraryPlus

News! New Pre-overdue Service

From Monday 28th February we will send you an email 3 days before your loans are due back; giving you plenty of notice to renew or return the items.
Make sure we have your email address and that it is up to date so you can benefit from this new service.

News! Libraries Update

From Thursday 27th January we are asking to help keep you, other customers and our staff safe by wearing a mask.

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.

Book cover for The Children of Ash and Elm 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.

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 Homes & Gardens Homes & Gardens

Homes & Gardens 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 Woman of a Certain Rage New e-audio Titles

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

Book cover of Eat Well for Less: Happy & Healthy Cracking Cooking

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

Album cover of Gold Rush Kid by George Ezra Music Highlights

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

Book cover of Bigger Than Us: The Power of Finding Meaning in a Messy World 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?