Bedford Public Library

Bedford, New Hampshire

Library News

The Library is pleased to be in Phase One of our re-opening plan. The book drop is open for returning materials and Library-to-Go Contact-free pickup is running smoothly. The book drop and contact-free pickup are available Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  BCTV filmed a fun and informative video showing how it all works. Be sure to take a look, you might recognize some of the actors!

Coming in mid-June we will be adding an evening pickup on Wednesdays from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Before we open our doors to the public many considerations and safeguards will have to be established. Our phased re-opening plans will take into account the recommendations of the CDC and the State of New Hampshire.

In the meantime, we hope you take advantage of contact-free pickup and virtual offerings and call 472-2300 or email reference@bedfordnh.org for reading suggestions. If you haven’t viewed Miss Lee Ann’s Kamishibai Story Time, it is a treat not to be missed on our new YouTube Channel.
Visit Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for book recommendations, storytime videos, and more!

Remember we are still here for you and Summer Reading will be starting soon as always!

Thank you for your support and continued patience.
Be well,
Mary Ann Senatro
Library Director

 

 
The Library offers contact-free pickup of library materials.  This service will be offered from 10 am to 2 pm, Monday through Saturday.

How it works

  • This service is available for Bedford Public Library cardholders
  • Place a request on a Bedford item by using the online catalog or by calling 472-2300.
  • 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.  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.
  • Read, enjoy, and return in the outdoor bookdrop between 10 am and 2 pm, Monday through Saturday.

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 reference@bedfordnh.org 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 reference@bedfordnh.org 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

IndieFlix
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.
Facebook: Bedford (NH) Public Library
Twitter: @BedfordLibrary
Instagram: bedfordnhlibrary

This virtual bulletin board provides information about town government and school district meetings

 

  • Library Board of Trustees meeting June 26, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. 
  • Planning Board June 1 Agenda

For more information about Bedford's town government, visit bedfordnh.org

Upcoming meetings are listed on the town calendar
Click on more details, and look for the Download Agenda button above the meeting date

School board information is available here

You may watch town government meetings on BCTV's Channel 22.