Bedford Central Library
We are reopening! Our new opening hours are
Monday to Friday
11am to 4pm
11am to 5pm
11am to 2pm
The library has been rearranged to allow social distancing and there is a one-way system in place. There is a limit on the number of people who can be in the library at any one time, so you may be asked to queue. To ensure the safe use of the library, a reduced range of stock will be accessible and not all services will be available. Once you’ve chosen your books you can borrow them using the self-service machines.
We’ve reduced the number of PCs in use to allow social distancing. Customers will be able to book one 45-minute session per day. You can book a session using the online booking form:
When you visit the library, please:
Please visit the Virtual Library to find out more and for further service updates.
Dyslexia Friendly books
Bedford Borough libraries have a range of dyslexia friendly books, that you can request and collect from Bedford Borough Libraries
The books are all bright attractive and all suitable for readers with dyslexia. They are usually printed on coloured paper with very clear text in a suitable font size.
To view the range of book click here click on the book cover to see which libraries have copies, or request for free if you are under 16.
Don't forget the e-book and audiobook apps from BorrowBox and RBdigital offer a range of dyslexia friendly options; you can change the background colour, font size, and style to suit.
Online FREE services
Are you aware of our amazing range of online services giving you access to thousands of e-books, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers - all you need is your library card number and PIN. Don't have a PIN? Request one here!
- RB Digital - downloadable e-books, audiobooks and magazines all in one place
- PressReader - Thousands of national and international newspapers and magazines to be read online or downloaded
- Freegal - Millions of tracks to be streamed for up to 5 hours a day or download 5 tracks a day to keep
Not a member of the library service? Join online today!
Who to contact
- 01234 718178
Where to go
- Bedford Central Library
- MK40 1PG
- Get directions
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type FREE
- Age Bands
11-14 years old
18-25 years old
Parents and carers
15-17 years old
0-4 years old
5-10 years old