Bedford Public Library

Bedford, New Hampshire

Library News

We invite everyone to join us for the 2020 Summer Reading Challenges! Registration for children is open and they can start logging their reading on June 15th!  Registration for teens and adults will begin on June 15th.

This year we will be using Beanstack software to track reading minutes, which you can use in a web browser or via the Beanstack Tracker App.

For children, we’ll bring back the beads and necklaces from last year! Every hour will earn you 1 bead, and every 5 hours will earn you a special bead. Complete activities to earn additional special beads and be entered into a weekly drawing. Reading 15 hours by July 31st will complete the program, although you can keep reading to earn extra beads if you like.

Sign up today for our virtual kickoff event featuring the Science Tellers!

Teens (ages 11 to 18) are invited to take part in the Teen Summer Reading Challenge.  When you log your reading, you’ll have a chance to enter weekly drawings for great prizes.  You may use Beanstack or request a paper log.

Adults, we invite you to participate in the Adult Summer Reading Challenge!  You’ll receive a prize if you read for 16 hours and you can read more to enter the grand prize drawings.  You may use Beanstack or request a paper log.

Governor Chris Sununu announced on June 11 that the state is lifting the coronavirus stay-at-home order.  He also released the Safer at Home COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Libraries. This industry specific guidance recommends many protocols for safeguarding the staff and public during the coronavirus disease.

The staff and Trustees of the Bedford Public Library are working to ensure that the safety measures are in place before announcing a reopening date. Patrons are encouraged to continue to use the library’s virtual services, online databases and downloadable audiobooks and eBooks and the library’s contact-free pickup of physical materials. More information about our services can be found on our website or call us at 472-2300.

Contact-free pickup service has been extended to Wednesday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in addition to Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

We will continue to offer library services and programs remotely to the greatest extent feasible while preparing for the safe return of a limited number of patrons at a time to the building.

Be well,
Mary Ann Senatro
Library Director

The Library offers contact-free pickup of library materials.  This service is offered from 10 am to 2 pm, Monday through Saturday.  Evening pickup is available on Wednesdays from 5 pm to 7 pm.  You may pick up materials on the upper or lower level.  Watch this video to learn how.

How it works

  • When you place your requests in the online catalog, choose your Pickup Library: Bedford Public Library (upper level) OR Bedford Children's Room (lower level).  All materials may be picked up at either location.
  • We will notify you when your item(s) is ready for pickup.
  • When you arrive at the library and have parked in a parking spot, call 472-2300 for the upper level OR 792-1389 for the lower level.  We will then check the item(s) out to you and place your item(s) on the table outside the main entrance.  After the staff person has returned to the building, come to the table to pick up your items.
  • If your child is participating in the Children’s Summer Reading Challenge, you may pick up necklaces, beads, and Take and Make crafts on either level. Please ask for them when you call to tell us that you’ve arrived.
  • Read, enjoy, and return in the outdoor bookdrop.  Please note that items are checked in after a 72 hour quarantine.

Please be patient with us because we have limited staff in the building.  Please recognize that we may not be able to fill all requests on the same day due to high demand.  We’re happy to help you select something to read.  Please visit our website, call 472-2300, or email for suggestions.  If you would like to learn how to use the online catalog to place requests, please watch this video.

If you are unable to leave the house, but would like to request library materials, please call 472-2300 or email to learn about Library-by-Mail options. 


All you need is your library card number and password.  If you are a Bedford resident and do not have a library card, watch this video to learn how to sign up for a library card online.  If you have a library card, but do not know your password, use the Forgot your Password? option on the My Account page.  You may also call 472-2300 to reset your password.

Once your library card is all set, you may use it to login to numerous resources through the library website.  Watch this video to learn how to access databases.  Thank you to BCTV for producing this video.

Several of the eLearning services require you to also set up a user name and password for the service.  Watch this video to learn how to access IndieFlix. 

The eLibrary provides ebooks and eaudiobooks, resources for students, and online learning opportunities for all ages.

Learn Something New

Visit the eLearning page to get started with the Great Courses Library Collection, Transparent Language’s immersive language learning, and Creativebug’s crafting classes.

Remote Learning
The library's databases can help you with your remote learning projects.  Visit the Databases A-Z page for a list by topic.

Download an ebook or eaudiobook
More information is available on the eBooks and eAudiobooks page.

Even more books (including picture book read alongs) are available through TumbleBooks (for all ages) and hoopla digital.

Keep up with the news

Read the daily Union Leader
Login with your library barcode and password.  Try the daily image edition!

Read the weekly Bedford Bulletin
Login with your library barcode and password.

Borrow a digital magazine from Overdrive
Login to Overdrive with your library card and borrow magazines like Us Weekly, Newsweek, Outside, Country Living and more.

Even more newspapers and magazines are available from the library databases.

Research your family history
Visit the databases page to access HeritageQuest and Ancestry Library Edition.  For more resources, visit the Genealogy page.

Watch a movie

Register with your library card for this streaming movie service that offers access to pop culture favorites, box office hits, award-winning feature films, documentaries and shorts.  Checkout a 7 day pass for unlimited accs to all of IndieFlix’s content.  When your access expires, you can always checkout another 7 day pass. To browse a list of available videos, visit IndieFlix  Watch this video to learn more

hoopla digital
Set up a hoopla acount with your library card.  Movies circulate for 72 hours.  You may borrow up to 6 titles each month.

How do I get library updates?

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and sign up for the library e-newsletter.  Normally, we only send a newsletter once a month, but during the current situation we are sending emails when there is a service update.
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