Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service

Last updated 21st July 2008 
Name of library Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service 
Address  Riverside Building, County Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP
Telephone  01234 228833
Fax  01234 228854
Alternative names  Pre-1997 known as Bedfordshire Record Office
Contact & Job Title all enquiries to County Archivist
Purpose & main user community of the library Collection, preservation and encouraging access to archives of the historic County. 
Terms of access  Open to all without appointment or a reader’s ticket
Opening hours Mon 9-7, Tues,Wed, Fri 9-5. Shut Thursdays, weekends and Bank Holidays. No production of documents 12.45-2pm daily, and after 4.30pm (6.30pm on Mondays) 
Disabled access Guide to access (leaflet or see website) is available. Only route for unaccompanied wheelchair users is through main County Hall building from main reception; there is a telephone just off our car park, but a few steps have to be negotiated. Access within building is difficult; no special toilet facilities for the disabled. 
Lending to other libraries & visitors No. Not a lending library. 
Number of volumes  No statistics kept
Periodicals – Back Issues  No statistics kept
Current Periodicals  No statistics kept
Other materials  Some personal diaries and letters on theological topics; good collection of Beds parish magazines; some Mss sermons and printed pamphlets
Volumes added per year  No statistics kept
Coverage  See section on ‘other materials’
Special Collections  Bedford Moravian Church archive (MO), Society of Friends (Luton and Leighton Monthly Meetings) Yearly Epistles, 1676-1843. Controversial pamphlets, 1659-1723, Texts of Laudian sermons, 1628-1631 (TW 148), Devotional book of Jeffrey Fisher of Flitwick, 1737-8 (LL 15/8)
Research resource  Not our collecting strength, but some personal papers may be useful. Many of the relevant items comprise just the odd Mss/printed text in much larger archives.
Catalogue Type  card; computer in progress; word-processed catalogues being retrodigitised – 47% of archive lists on internet
URL of catalogue
Other facilities  Photocopying (not self-service) and limited Internet access under supervision
Full Time Staff  11
Part Time Staff  4
Voluntary Staff  occasional
Changes in next five years affecting the above  The parent authority, Bedfordshire County Council is due to be abolished in April 2009. This county-wide service will very probably remain intact, but funded/organised in a different way
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