On June 23, the Bedford Public Library building will celebrate a quarter-century of being a gathering place for Bedford residents of all ages. To mark the occasion, library users are invited to share their memories of the library by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, on social media using the #bedfordnhlibrarymemories hash tag, or by stopping by the Library to fill out a card.
Since 1910, the Library was housed in the Oliver Kendall House on land donated by Frances E. Woodbury. As the community’s needs grew over the years, the original building was expanded several times, but ultimately needed to be replaced. In 1995 the Oliver Kendall House was moved to the lower area of the property (where it now houses the Craftworkers Guild) and the additions were demolished to make way for the new building.
The current library building is the result of town support and the efforts of library director Fran Wiggin, the Library Trustees, and many volunteers, including Building Committee chairperson the late Mary Ann List. The Bedford Library Foundation’s Library Capital Campaign (chaired by Bob Brooks) ultimately raised $500,000 in private donations. The $2.7 million building was designed by Dennis P. Mires, P.A. & Aaron Cohen Assoc. and built by Eckman Construction.
In her 1996 report to the town, library director Fran Wiggin called the Library “…the community center for Bedford; a place for citizens to come together, where lives touch other lives.” Twenty-five years later, current director Miriam Johnson noted, “The events of the past year have shown us that the Library remains the cornerstone of the community and we’re proud to be able to meet the community’s changing needs. If you haven’t visited recently, please stop in. We look forward to seeing you.”
Summer reading is for all ages and runs until July 30. Visit bedfordnhlibrary.beanstack.com to sign up and participate.
Read, write a book review, or complete an activity for a chance to enter weekly drawings for prize baskets and gift cards. In addition, kids receive a special sign-up prize and an ice cream award for completing the challenge by reading at least 16 hours this summer. (Not to mention the array of exciting events the Children's Room has planned!) All adult and teen participants will receive a Summer Reading zine, packed with reading recommendations and tips to help them complete challenge activities for more chances to win.
Summer Reading is open to all Bedford Public Library cardholders.
The library's effort to increase access continues.
The lower level entrance is now open and returned materials will no longer be quarantined. The library is currently open for computer appointments and browsing during the following hours
- Monday-Thursday: 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Face coverings are encouraged in consideration of children and individuals who are immunocompromised.
Contactless pickup is still available during open hours. Click here for more reopening information.
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!
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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
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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