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News! Wootton Library
Essential Maintenance Work

Wootton Library will be closed on Monday 12th August from 9.00am to 2.00pm for essential maintenance work to be carried out.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Summer Reading Challenge 2024 logo Marvellous Makers Summer Reading Challenge

Do you have a teenager looking for something worthwhile to do during the summer holidays? We are looking for young people to help with the Summer Reading Challenge, to encourage younger children in their reading journey by discussing book choices, sharing rewards and supporting activities in their library.
Volunteers gain confidence and improve their communications skills as well as work experience and new skills. Their volunteering hours can count towards the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.
If you are aged 13-25 years and want to volunteer at a Central Bedfordshire Library email:
For more information, ask at your local library

Find details of this year's Summer Reading Challenge and how to take part here

News! Pre-overdue Service

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 service.

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, magazines and more.

Book cover for Medieval Horizons by Ian Mortimer Making History

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

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-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.

Cover of Stuff magazine Stuff

Stuff 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 of Healthy Made Simple by Ella Mills Cracking Cooking

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

Book cover of Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? by Dr Julie Smith Live Well, Feel Well

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

Reading Well for Teens logo Reading Well for Teens

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?