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How do order a title I want?

Seen a book, CD or DVD that you want?


Use Arena, the online library catalogue, to request it, all you need is your library card number and PIN. To request a PIN, click here.

Arena contains the details of all items held by Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Libraries. 

Simply search Arena, the online library catalogue, for example by title, author or performer or keyword. Select the correct entry and investigate where copies are held by clicking on the title.  You will be taken through the reservation process, and you will be informed when the title is ready for collection either by post or by e-mail. All requests are satisfied in chronological order.

If the title is not held in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Libraries you can request it from another library service. There is an additional charge for this service. To see the charges click here.

For more information about requests go to the Help section on Arena or click on the option 'About Arena'.

You could also ring your local library and talk to a member of staff. To see the details of your local library, click here.

Page last updated: 13th April 2021