Bedford Central Library

Organisation: Library

Collections held: Police, Prisons

Dates: Before 1700, 1700-1799, 1800-1849, 1850-1899, 1900-1949, 1950-present

As a public library we only have secondary sources. We have a book on Bedford Prison that covers the period 1660 - 1877. We have some books on John Howard (prison reformer) published in the 1800s.

Harpur Street, Bedford MK40 1PG


Any publications or other relevant material about the collection / history of the organisation?

The Library Story: Bedford Public Library and its Forerunners 1700 to 1958 by A E Baker (1958)

In April 2017 there will be an article in the Bedford Local History Society newsletter about the history of the library

Historic Buildings?

Who can access the collection?

External (public), Online access (catalogue only)

How big is the collection?

Documents: None
Photographs: None
Objects: None
Artwork: None
Books/journals/magazines: 11- 100