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Bedford Borough Libraries from Friday 10th December

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All Bedford Borough Libraries are open for browsing and PC use.
Find out your library opening hours here.

Change in guidance from Friday 10th December

Please help us to keep you, other customers and our staff safe by:

  • Wearing a face covering, it is now mandatory to wear a face covering unless you have a legitimate reason not to - find out more about face coverings here
  • Respecting others’ space and keeping a safe distance from people you do not live with.
    There are some areas of the building where you may need to pause and wait for others to pass.
  • Using the hand sanitiser provided

Please do not visit the library if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.
Just contact us or call the library and we will happily extend the collection date for your books.

From Monday 29th November LibraryPlus is returning to Bromham Library
LibraryPlus lets you use the library when YOU want, offering extended opening times. With LibraryPlus you can choose when you access the library, using a mixture of both staffed and self-service hours.
It’s easy and convenient - just use your library card and PIN to enter the library during self-service hours.

Not sure whether you are a LibraryPlus user? You need to be aged 16 or over and a full member to register. Pop into any of our branches during staffed hours to find out more.

Bromham Library opening hours:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday: Staffed 10am-12pm LibraryPlus 12pm-5pm
Tuesday and Thursday: LibraryPlus 9am-2pm Staffed 2pm-5pm 
Saturday: LibraryPlus 9am- 10am Staffed 10am-1pm LibraryPlus 1pm-4pm

On Monday 22nd November LibraryPlus returned to Bedford Central Library.

You can check when your loans are due back and avoid overdue charges by renewing them. There are several ways this can be done:

  • Contact your local library and a member of staff will renew your items for you
  • Using our Library App - search the Android or Apple store for 'Bedfordshire Libraries' to install the app
  • Online using Arena, the library catalogue - view and renew your loans using your library card and PIN
  • On the Self-Service kiosks in libraries - scan your library card to view items on loan and select the ones that you wish to renew or select renew all

What services are available?

All libraries are open for browsing and C use. You can visit the library to:

  • Return books – please return any items using the self-service kiosks.
  • Browse for books – please respect others’ space and maintain distance from other customers.
  • Borrow books using the self-service kiosks.
  • Collect requests.
  • Join the Library – we encourage you to join online before you visit.
  • Access the computers.
  • Inter-library loans started on Monday 1st November
  • Heritage Library is opens Tuesdays by appointment only

Find out more about what you can and cannot do when you visit using the links below:


What should I do when I visit the library?

Please help us to keep you, other customers and our staff safe by:

  • Wearing a face covering, unless you have a legitimate reason not to - find out more about face coverings here
  • Respecting others’ space and keeping a safe distance from people you do not live with.
    There are some areas of the building where you may need to pause and wait for others to pass.
  • Using the hand sanitiser provided

You must not visit the library if you, or anyone in your household, have had any Covid-19 symptoms in the last 14 days.
Just contact us or call the library and we will happily extend the collection date for your books.


Can I use the computers?

Yes, the number of PCs in use is limited. You will be able to use the computers for 60 minutes for free, and pay for additional time if required, printing is available. Please book your session using the online booking form here.

Cleaning materials will be provided; we advise that you clean the monitor, keyboard, mouse, and PC both before and after your visit.


What services are not available yet?

The following services are not available at the moment:

  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Activities
  • Room hire

There is still an amazing range of library services you can access from home via the Virtual Library, including eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers and music. Find out more about our digital resources here.


What is Test and Trace?

From 19 July 2021 it is recommended that venues continue to enable visitors to check in using the NHS COVID-19 app. We have NHS QR code posters on display as well as paper forms if you do not have the app. This information is stored for 21 days and will only be shared with the NHS if they contact us because a customer has tested positive.

Find out more about NHS Test and Trace at the NHS website and read our Privacy Notice for Test and Trace.


Can I join the library?

Yes, you can join the library. We would recommend that you join online first as this will speed the process up.

Once you have joined you can follow a link in the confirmation message to request a physical card to borrow books or use the computers. This will send a message to your library of choice and they will make the card up ready for your visit. Then all you need to do is visit with proof of your name and address to collect the card.


I have lost or mislaid my library card, can I get a replacement?

Yes, you can request your replacement card here
Once you have completed the form your chosen library will transfer your details from your current card to a new one and within 3 days you can visit to collect it.
Please be aware that once the library has created a new card for you your current card number will not allow you to log in to Arena and the library app, BorrowBox, Freegal, Libby and PressReader.


I don’t want to visit the library and choose my own books yet, what should I do?

Please don’t worry. You can renew your loans online using Arena or by telephone.

You can request individual titles using Arena, the library app, or by calling the library. These will be placed on the collection shelves, all you need to do is collect and issue them using the self service kiosks.


If you have any questions then please Contact Us.


Page last updated: 9th December 2021