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Bedford Library

Bedford Library houses resources for sciences, social sciences and history as well as tlc@bedford, an IT-rich social learning space located on Level 2. The emphasis in tlc@bedford is on the variety of digital technologies and material, and a flexibility of space that enables you to study in whatever way suits you best.

Each level of Bedford library is designated for a certain type of study:

  • Level 1 - Quiet study (becoming Silent study from 19th October 2015)
  • Level 2 - Group study
  • Level 3 - Silent study

There also a number of bookable rooms for group study.

Finding items in Bedford Library

The maps below show the main areas in the Library:

 When searching for items using LibrarySearch or the Library Catalogue:

  • Bedford 24 Hour Loan items are shelved near the entrance next to the helpdesk.
  • Oversize indicates the book is an extra large item. These are shelved together on Level 1.


Helpdesk opening hours and services available

The helpdesk is open Monday-Friday 9am-7pm  and  Saturday-Sunday 11am-7pm throughout the academic year.

During the Summer Vacation the helpdesk is open Monday-Thursday 9am-7pm, Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-7pm.

During these hours Library staff maintain and provide guidance for the following facilities:-

Outside of helpdesk opening hours, Bedford Library is open 24/7. You can use the Library space to study, self-service machines to borrow and return items, and have full access to PCs and printing facilities.

When the Library is closed items can be returned via the drop-box at the main entrance.

Books can also be returned at Bedford Square.


tlc@bedford study aids and technology

Equipment for loan within the Library

You can borrow a range of study aid equipment from the Bedford Library helpdesk, including:

  • laptops,
  • mini data projectors,
  • voice recorders,
  • e-book readers,
  • iPod Touches,
  • a document projector and
  • e-beam capture devices. 

eBeam whiteboards

eBeam equipment is available for loan from the helpdesk. This can be either used with the PCs in front of the whiteboards or you can install the eBeam Capture software on your own laptop. This means that you can transfer your notes wirelessly from the whiteboard directly to your hard drive. Instructions on how to use the eBeam Capture software are also available.

Alternatively, please use non-marking whiteboard pens to use the whiteboards in the conventional way.

Tea-house data projection

For those students wishing to practise group or individual presentations, you can connect a laptop to either one of the two data projectors in the tea-house by borrowing a special cable and adaptor from the helpdesk and connecting them to the floor-box located underneath the relevant data projector.


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