Library Closed to the Public due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Updated 5/7/21.

An updated note to our wonderful patrons:
Library to Begin Limited Indoor Services!

Public Computers and Study Areas will be available.

Beginning on Thursday May 13, staff will be executing Phase One for the reopening of the Library to patrons. The goal of Phase One is to make the public computers, printers, and study cubicles in the Reference Area available. This will be achieved through booking appointments limiting the number of patrons allowed inside at one time for these services.

The hours for these limited services will be Thursday mornings from 10-12 noon and Thursday afternoons from 2-4 pm. Masks will be required at all times while in the building.

IT IS IMPORTANT that patrons book an appointment by calling the Library at 781-275-9440 and press 3 for the Reference Desk.  Patrons will also be able to email their request to the Reference Department at [email protected].

Library staff have developed a phased plan to restore services to the public.  We are working with the Board of Trustees, Town Manager and the Health Department to implement this plan.   We  are currently offering contact free pickup – click here for details. We will continue to answer your questions via email:  [email protected].  Thank you for your patience. 

At their May 12th meeting,  the Library Board of Trustees approved the following statement on the reopening of the building: Trustees-COVID-19 Statement

The Bedford Free Public Library is closed until further notice. This is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  At this time there will be no public access to the building.  Digital Services from our website will be available including Overdrive, HooplaTumblebooks and Kanopy

The book drop is open.

No fines will be assessed during this time.

Library cards will not expire until March 1, 2022 at the earliest. 

The threshold for blocked cards has been raised from $10 to $999. 

Any questions or concerns please email: [email protected]

Tax help appointments: Client Registration

Tax help questions: Contact Us

The Friends of the Library are not accepting book donations at this time.  

The Friends do have an online bookshop:

Latest update from the Town:

MEMA COVID-19 Response Command Center update:COVID-19 Command Center sitrep_3.25.21

Please check back to our website for updates.

We hope you understand during this difficult time as the health and safety of our patrons and staff are of ultimate importance.

Additional Resources

Don’t have a library card? Get an e-card to use digital resources.

Ancestry from Home!

Getting started with hoopla

Getting started with Overdrive and Libby




Author: rcallaghan