Bedford Public Library

Bedford, New Hampshire

Library News

Try BookMatch and MovieMatch!

The Library has tens of thousands of books and thousands of DVDs and it can sometimes be tricky to decide which ones to take home.  We’re here to help.  Call the Reference Desk at 472-2300 to request your Match.  Or, click here to request your Book Match and click here to request your Movie Match. We’ll just ask you a few questions about your preferences, then select a few titles just for you, based on your answers.

If you're looking for specially selected books for children, try the Book Bundle service too!

When you visit, you will notice a few changes that will keep library users and staff as safe as possible in accordance with Governor Sununu’s guidance on reopening libraries.  Watch this video and read these FAQs to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are your hours?

The Library is open:

Monday – Thursday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Friday – Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

 

What is available?

You may browse, check out materials, and pick up holds.  Computer appointments are also available.  Staff will provide information, assistance, and recommendations at a service desk or at a 6 foot distance.  The copier and fax machine are also available.  You may sign up for a library card in person or online.  All of the library’s online resources are available 24/7.

 

Can I study or use a meeting room?

Not yet.  Seating, study areas, the teen area, quiet study room, and meeting rooms are unavailable at this time.

 

Are there toys in the Children’s Room?

To keep everyone safe, the toys are not available right now.

 

Is contact-free pickup available?

Yes!  Contact-free pickup is still available.  You may pick up on the upper or lower level.  Click here for more information.

 

Can I return my items?

Yes!  Please return items in the outdoor bookdrops.  Returned items will be checked in after a 72-hour quarantine.  Overdue fines will not accrue.

 

Can I request items from other GMILCS libraries?

Yes!  Please keep in mind that due to quarantine periods, it may take longer than usual to receive your items.

 

Are the computers available?

Yes, by appointment.  Bedford and GMILCS cardholders may call 472-2300 to make an appointment.  Use is limited to one 1-hour session per person per day and twice a week per person.  There is also a 15 minute express computer that is first come, first served.

 

Are you accepting book donations?

We are unable to accept book donations at this time.

 

What safety measures are in place?

  • Face coverings are required.
  • Capacity is limited to allow for social distancing.  We encourage you to keep your visit short (less than 45 minutes) so that everyone has a chance to enjoy the library.
  • Signs and markers encourage social distancing.
  • The new shelves and Children’s Room shelving have been rearranged to allow for social distancing.
  • Hand sanitizer is available.
  • Plexiglass barriers at the service desks.
  • Staff will frequently clean high touch surfaces and disinfect computers between uses.

 

Is the Library hosting events?

All Library events will be held online or outside.  Visit the Library Calendar for an up-to-date listing.

 

Are the restrooms available?

Yes.  They are limited to one person or family at a time.

 

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 at least twice a month.
Facebook: Bedford (NH) Public Library
Twitter: @BedfordLibrary
Instagram: bedfordnhlibrary

 

The Library’s reopening is guided by our Phased Reopening Plan and Pandemic Policy, which have been approved by the Library’s Board of Trustees.  We will move on to the next phase in the plan when it is safe to do so.  If you would like more information, please contact Mary Ann Senatro, library director, at msenatro@bedfordnh.org

 

Helpful Links

Town of Bedford Coronavirus Information Page

State of NH Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Website

State of NH COVID-19 Schools Dashboard

CDC Coronavirus Website

New Hampshire Economic Re-opening Task Force

New Hampshire Safer at Home

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

 

 

The Library still offers contact-free pickup of library materials.  This service is available during the Library's open hours:

  • Monday - Thursday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Friday and Saturday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

You may pick up materials on the upper or lower level. 

How it works

  • Watch this video to find out how contact-free pickup works.  If you would like to pickup items on the lower level, watch this video to learn how to choose your pickup location.
  • Place a request by using the online catalog or by calling 472-2300.
  • 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.
  • Read, enjoy, and return in the outdoor bookdrop.  Please note that items are checked in after a 72 hour quarantine.

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 your home, 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.

Resources for Students
The library's databases can help you with your school 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