Bedford Central Library


Harpur Street, Bedford MK40 1PG. Tel 01234 718178.

Facilities include free Wi-Fi, access to computers, printing and photocopying (charges apply), accessible entrance.

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Opening times

The library will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday 27 May.

Staff availability Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
Self-service 9am-11am 9am-11am 9am-11am 9am-11am 9am-11am 9am-10am 10am-11am
Staffed 11am-4pm 11am-4pm 11am-4pm 11am-4pm 11am-4pm 10am-5pm 11am-2pm
Self-service 4pm-6pm 4pm-6pm 4pm-6pm 4pm-6pm 4pm-6pm 5pm-6pm 2pm-4pm


Go to our what’s on for children and adults page for for more details about all our activities.

Activity Day Time
Bounce and Rhyme Mondays (term-time only) 11.30am -12pm
Building Block Play (1 year and over) Tuesdays (term-time only) 11am - 1pm 
Bedfordshire Heritage Library Tuesdays 11am - 1pm and 2pm-4pm
Crafternoon Wednesdays 2pm - 3.30pm
Rhyme Time  Thursdays (term-time only) 11.30am - 12pm
Lego Club Saturdays 11am - 3pm
Sunday Funday Sundays 11.30am - 1.30pm

Children's activities for half term

Drop in crafts will run from Tuesday 28 May – Friday 31 May at the following times: 

  • Tuesday 11am-3.30pm
  • Wednesday 12.00am-3.30pm
  • Thursday 11am-3.30pm
  • Friday 11am-3.30pm

Story time will run on Wednesday 29 May from 11.30am-12pm

Great big green week events

Tuesday 11 June 9am-3pm

Free Bike Services - bring your bike in for a free service by a professional from bike repair company EMC (bike services will take place on the ground floor).