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Coronavirus Response from Central Bedfordshire Libraries

Following the latest Government Guidelines, we have developed a phased approach to the safe re-opening of our Libraries.
Biggleswade Library is reopening for limited browsing and essential PC use from Tuesday 13th July.
Ampthill, Barton, Dunstable, Flitwick, Houghton Regis, Leighton Buzzard, Potton, Sandy, Shefford Libraries, Stotfold and Toddington Librariesare open  for limited browsing, computer usage and printing.  

We will continue to offer  Select and Collect services in these and all other libraries allowing you to collect staff selected bundles and your free reservations from the library entrance.

Find out more about the services available at the libraries that are open below.


Accessing the Library

The safety of all our customers and staff is extremely important to us and we have put several measures in place to allow for the safe re-opening of our libraries:

  • Face coverings must be worn when using the library unless you have a legitimate reason not to.
  • Please sanitise your hands as you enter the library, there are also hand sanitising stations available within each building.
  • The number of visitors allowed in will be limited.
  • If possible, please visit alone, or in your household or support bubble.
  • Please scan the QR code as you enter, alternatively you will be asked to complete a Track and Trace form. Your entry and departure time will be recorded.
    This information is handled securely in accordance with GDPR, it will be kept for 21 days and then destroyed accordingly.  Find out more about Test and Trace here
  • Please be aware of any directional signage and floor markings to aid queuing and movement around the library.
  • We ask that you keep your distance and respect those around you.
  • You will need your library card to use our services.
  • Public computers need to be booked in advance; you can do this by  telephone.

How long can I stay?

  • We ask that you move through the library as quickly as possible and that browsing time is kept to a minimum.
  • Where possible we ask that you visit the library alone, please do not visit if you feel unwell or are self-isolating.
  • Computer usage is limited to 45 minutes per day for essential usage, bookings can be made by  telephone.

What services are available?

  • Return books - please return any items at the entrance of the library. There will be a trolley or a table available for you to place your returned books on to.
  • Browse for books - we ask that you observe Social Distancing rules and be mindful to those around you.
  • Borrow books using our Self-Service terminals.
  • Collect requests and Select and Collect Bundles.
  • Join the Library - we encourage you to  join online before you visit.
  • Staff will be available to help but please observe Social Distancing Guidelines
  • Access to computers - this needs to be booked in advance telephone and is limited to 45 minutes per day.
    The number of computers available for use has also been reduced in line with social distancing guidelines.
  • Computers will be cleaned and sanitised after they have been used. Bookings will be held for 15 minutes, and then cancelled if unattended.
  • Printing and Photocopying is available - please bring the correct change where possible.

What services are not availabe yet?

  • There will be no access to study tables.
  • Laptop usage
  • Seating - we have had to remove seating from the library space unless using a pre-booked computer.
  • Newspapers and Magazines
  • Library activities
  • Some areas of book stock may be unavailable but please ask a staff member for help.
  • All public toilets will remain closed.
  • Library staff will not be available for technical support whilst using a public computer in order to maintain social distancing.

What is Test and Trace?

We are required to ask each visitor aged over 16 to provide their name and contact details.  This information is stored for 21 days and will only be shared with the NHS if they  contact us because a customer has tested positive.

When you visit please scan the NHS Test and Trace QR poster using your smartphone, or complete and return a NHS Test and Trace form.  

Find out more about NHS Test and Trace at the NHS website.


Can I join the library?

Yes, you can join the library. We would recommend that you  join online first as this will speed the process up.  

Once you have joined you can follow a link in the confirmation message to request a physical card to borrow books or use the computers.  This will send a message to your library of  choice and they will make the card up ready for your visit. Then all you need to do is visit with proof of your name and address to collect the card.


I have lost or mislaid my library card, can I get a replacement?

Yes, you can visit the library to collect a replacement card, please take proof of your name and address with you.
Your details will be transferred from your current card to a new one.
Please be aware that once the library has created a new card for you your current card number will not allow you to log in to Arena and the library app, BorrowBox, Freegal, Libby and PressReader.


When will other libraries reopen?

Details of when Biggleswade Library will open will be posted on the Central Bedfordshire  Council website, and on social media – Facebook, Twitter  and Instagram.

  

Please be assured that whilst the remain libraries closed to the public no overdue charges are being applied to items borrowed after the 23rd January 2020.

 

I don’t want to visit the library and choose my own books yet, what should I do?

Please don’t worry.  Your loans have been extended to the 10th August or later, and you can renew them here using Arena or  by telephone.

You can continue to request staff selected bundles using the Select and Collect service.  Plus you are still able to request individual  titles for free here using Arena, the  library app, or by calling the library.  These will be issued to your card when they are ready to be collected, so all you need  to do when you visit is pick your books up from the collection shelves in the library.

You can also use your library card number and PIN to discover the wide range of online services and resources available through the Virtual Library, including e-books, audio books and e-magazines. Other resources including newspapers, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Credo reference sources, are available online by logging in with library card number and pin.  

Please contact us if you have any questions and check the  Virtual Library, Facebook or  Twitter for updates.

 

Thank you for your understanding during this time.

Libraries

Libraries

All Bedford Borough Libraries are open for limited browsing and essential PC use.
Central Bedfordshire have reopened nearly all their libraries for limited browsing and essential PC use; Biggleswade will open in the coming weeks.

Ampthill Library | Barton Library | Bedford Borough Mobile Library | Bedford Central Library |Biggleswade Library | Bromham Library | Dunstable Library | Flitwick Library | Houghton Regis Library | Kempston Library |Leighton Buzzard Library | Potton Library | Putnoe Library | Sandy Library | Shefford Library | Stotfold Library | Toddington Library | Wootton Library

Government guidelines apply to the collection of your library visit, you must follow the rules outlined below:

  • Queue 2 metres apart outside the library as guided
  • Only send one person from your household, unless this is impossible to do so
  • Have the reference number and the surname of the person who ordered the books
  • Please remember you must wear a face covering when visiting a library, unless you have a legitimate reason not to.
  • Do not open your book parcel until you have left the collection area
     

You must not visit the library if you, or anyone in your household, have had any Covid-19 symptoms in the last 14 days.
Just contact us and we will happily extend the collection date for your books, or someone from outside your household could collect them for you.


Ampthill Library

Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 9.00 - 13.00
Wednesday - 14.00 - 18.00
Thursday - 9.00 - 13.00
Friday - 9.00 - 13.00 and 14.00 - 18.00
Saturday - 9.00 - 16.00
Sunday - Closed

Telephone Number: 0300 300 8053


Barton Library

Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 9.00 - 13.00
Wednesday - 14.00 - 18.00
Thursday - 9.00 - 13.00
Friday - 9.00 - 13.00 and 14.00 - 18.00
Saturday - 9.00 - 16.00
Sunday - Closed

Telephone Number: 0300 300 8054


Bedford Borough Mobile Library

Download the revised mobile library timetable here (183kb PDF).


Bedford Central Library

Monday - 11.00 - 4.00
Tuesday - 11.00 - 4.00
Wednesday - 11.00 - 4.00
Thursday - 11.00 - 4.00
Friday - 11.00 - 4.00
Saturday - 10.00 - 17.00
Sunday - 11.00 - 14.00

Telephone Number: 01234 718178


Biggleswade Library

Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 9.00 - 18.00
Wednesday - 9.00 - 18.00
Thursday - 9.00 - 18.00
Friday - 9.00 - 18.00
Saturday - 9.00 - 16.00
Sunday - Closed

Select and Collect Line: 0300 300 8055


Bromham Library

Monday - 10.00 - 12.00
Tuesday - 14.00 - 17.00
Wednesday - 10.00 - 12.00
Thursday - 14.00 - 17.00
Friday - 10.00 - 12.00
Saturday - 10.00 - 13.00
Sunday - Closed

Telephone Number: 01234 824391


Dunstable Library

Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 9.00 - 18.00
Wednesday - 9.00 - 18.00
Thursday - 9.00 - 18.00
Friday - 9.00 - 18.00
Saturday - 9.00 - 16.00
Sunday - Closed

Telephone Number: 0300 300 8056


Flitwick Library

Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 9.00 - 18.00
Wednesday - 9.00 - 18.00
Thursday - 9.00 - 18.00
Friday - 9.00 - 18.00
Saturday - 9.00 - 16.00
Sunday - Closed

Telephone Number: 0300 300 8057


Houghton Regis Library

Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 9.00 - 18.00
Wednesday - 9.00 - 18.00
Thursday - 9.00 - 18.00
Friday - 9.00 - 18.00
Saturday - 9.00 - 16.00
Sunday - Closed

Telephone Number: 0300 300 8058


Kempston Library

Monday - 14.00 - 17.00
Tuesday - 10.00 - 17.00
Wednesday - 14.00 - 18.00
Thursday - 10.00 - 17.00
Friday - 14.00 - 17.00
Saturday - 9.30 - 16.00
Sunday - Closed

Telephone Number: 01234 276453


Leighton Buzzard Library

Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 9.00 - 18.00
Wednesday - 9.00 - 18.00
Thursday - 9.00 - 18.00
Friday - 9.00 - 18.00
Saturday - 9.00 - 16.00
Sunday - Closed

Telephone Number: 0300 300 8059


Potton Library

Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 9.00 - 13.00
Wednesday - 2.00 - 18.00
Thursday - 9.00 - 13.00
Friday - 9.00 - 13.00 and 14.00 - 18.00
Saturday - 9.00 - 16.00
Sunday - Closed

Telephone Number: 0300 300 8063


Putnoe Library

Monday - 14.00 - 18.00
Tuesday - 10.00 - 17.00
Wednesday - 14.00 - 17.00
Thursday - 10.00 - 17.00
Friday - 14.00 - 17.00
Saturday - 9.30 - 16.00
Sunday - Closed

Telephone Number: 01234 276462


Sandy Library

Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 9.00 - 18.00
Wednesday - 9.00 - 18.00
Thursday - 9.00 - 18.00
Friday - 9.00 - 18.00
Saturday - 9.00 - 16.00
Sunday - Closed

Telephone Number: 0300 300 8065


Shefford Library

Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 9.00 - 18.00
Wednesday - 9.00 - 18.00
Thursday - 9.00 - 18.00
Friday - 9.00 - 18.00
Saturday - 9.00 - 16.00
Sunday - Closed

Telephone Number: 0300 300 8067


Stotfold Library

Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 9.00 - 13.00
Wednesday - 14.00 - 18.00
Thursday - 9.00 - 13.00
Friday - 9.00 - 13.00 and 14.00 - 18.00
Saturday - 9.00 - 16.00
Sunday - Closed

Telephone Number: 0300 300 8068


Toddington Library

Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 9.00 - 13.00
Wednesday - 14.00 - 18.00
Thursday - 9.00 - 13.00
Friday - 9.00 - 13.00 and 14.00 - 18.00
Saturday - 9.00 - 16.00
Sunday - Closed

Telephone Number: 0300 300 8069


Wootton Library

Monday - 14.00 - 17.00
Tuesday - 10.00 - 12.00
Wednesday - 14.00 - 17.00
Thursday - 10.00 - 12.00
Friday - 14.00 - 17.00
Saturday - 11.00 - 13.00
Sunday - Closed

Telephone Number: 01234 766061

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