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Bedford Central Library unveils new spaces for the community

Bedford Central Library is happy to announce the opening of two brand new rooms, designed to further enhance the library experience for local residents.

Made possible by funding from the Town Centre Priority Fund, the library has created a dedicated parent and carer baby feeding room. This comfortable and private space provides a welcoming environment for parents and carers with young children visiting the library.

The second new room is a free to use and bookable meeting room available for small groups of up to eight, or individuals seeking a quiet space to work or connect. Whether it’s a book club, a community group, or simply a need for a focused environment, this room offers a valuable resource within the library.

Councillor Sarah Gallagher, Portfolio Holder for Customer Experience, said, “We are delighted to unveil these fantastic new additions at Bedford Central Library. The dedicated parent and carer baby feeding room will provide a comfortable and private space for families with young children, while the new small meeting room offers a valuable resource for all residents. 

“These new facilities, supported by the Town Centre Priority Fund, demonstrate our commitment to creating a vibrant and versatile library service that caters to the needs of the entire community.”

Both the parent and carer baby feeding room and the meeting room are located on the second floor of the library and will be readily available to the public from Tuesday 28 May. Customers can speak to library staff about accessing either of these rooms and booking the meeting room.

All Bedford Borough libraries are breastfeeding-friendly spaces and this new room brings an additional choice to parents and carers who need to feed their children while in Bedford town centre.

The new meeting room is intended for smaller gatherings and complements the existing, larger meeting room which remains available for hire on the third floor for groups of up to 70 people.

The library’s existing, accessible baby changing room remains available during all opening hours on the third floor.

With half term on the way Bedford libraries are also looking forward to running free craft activities for children with a special Story Time at Bedford Central Library, further details will soon be available on the libraries website. For those revising for exams, there continues to be space for study and free Wi-Fi throughout the buildings.

All Bedford libraries provide a welcoming and versatile space for the entire community, learn more about Bedford Borough Libraries at

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