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The original Bedford Flag is secured in a special room on the History Mezzanine of the Bedford Library, where it is protected from heat, light and humidity. It may be viewed at any time the Library is open.  To see the flag, please ask at the Library Circulation Desk on the main floor. 

In exchange for your driver’s license or other secure deposit, you will be loaned a magnetic key that will admit you to the Flag Room. Passing the key in front of the red light beside the door handle will unlock the door.

As viewing space is limited, only five people may be in the Flag Room at once. Keep the door closed as much as possible to maintain the protective atmosphere within the room.

Please use no flash cameras in the Flag Room! Light is destructive to the aged red silk.

We hope you enjoy seeing our historic flag along with the accompanying display.  Postcards of the flag and the book The Bedford Flag Unfurled may be purchased at the Circulation Desk.  Proceeds benefit the library.