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Welcome to the Bedford Borough & Central Bedfordshire Virtual Library

News! Bedford Bedford Borough Libraries Update

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.

Wild World Heroes Wild World Heroes

Sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge in our libraries today!
Get ready to read!

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 The Kennedy Curse 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.
We will continue to offer Select and Collect services.
In line with Central Bedfordshire Council's current policy we have NOT made any changes to our Covid Secure arrangements measures after Monday 19th July.

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.

Libby logo Fabulous Free Children's Events

Join us and the fabulous professional storyteller as they retell Little Red Riding Hood using shadow puppets.
All you need is access to the internet to take part in the event but places are limited so sign up today!

Cover of BBC Science Focus Magazine BBC Science Focus Magazine

BBC Science Focus 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.

Funny book or library image Library Humour

Funny things that book and library lovers can relate to.
Go on - take some time out for a giggle!

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 You Are a Champion by Marcus Rashford New e-audio Titles

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

Book cover of Chinese Takeaway in 5 Cracking Cooking

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

Tom Odell album cover Music Highlights

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

Book cover of A Year of Living Simply 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?