Join the Library

We welcome new members. Anyone can become a member of Milton Keynes Libraries whether living in the Borough or not. There is no age limit and registration is free. You can join at any library and your library membership card is valid at all of our libraries.
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Joining the library

It's free to join the library and you can join in person at any of the ten libraries or online.

When you become a member of Milton Keynes Libraries you can borrow items from any of the  and items can be renewed at or returned to any library.

You can use the library for many reasons and there are various membership categories like childminders, foster parents or playgroups. Read more about the different library memberships.

Milton Keynes Library card

Quick membership

To join Milton Keynes Libraries you only need some physical or digital ID showing your name (like a bank card). You'll be signed up straight away and given your library card to sign, along with a PIN. You can change your PIN when you manage your account online.

With a quick membership you can:

  • borrow up to 3 items
  • use the public computers for free
  • access online resources
  • borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines

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Full membership

If you'd like to upgrade to full membership, visit any library with physical or digital proof of your address (something like a bank statement or utility bill).

With a full membership you can:

  • borrow up to 15 items
  • use the public computers for free
  • access online resources
  • borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines
  • borrow stock from our SELMS partner libraries (over 6 million items)

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Joining online

Fill in the online registration form and you'll get a temporary borrower number. You'll be able to reserve items from the online catalogue.

Under 16s can join the library online but will need to complete the guarantor/parent contact details during registration to acknowledge permission.

Visit any library with ID and/or proof of address and we'll give you a library card and PIN.

With a temporary membership you can:

  • reserve library items
  • access online resources
  • borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines

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Libraries Xtra membership

Libraries Xtra is currently unavailable.

Libraries Xtra is our way of giving you access to Kingston Library and Westcroft Library during extended hours. You can use your library card to enter the buildings beyond the staffed hours and use the library.

To register for the Libraries Xtra scheme you will need to upgrade your membership by visiting Kingston Library or Westcroft Library and speaking with a member of staff.

Library membership terms and conditions

By becoming a member of Milton Keynes Libraries and signing your library card you agree to:

  • be responsible for all items borrowed using your card
  • pay for any loss, damage or other charges incurred

even if the card is lost or stolen (up to the point that you report the loss or theft to the library).

Points to remember

  • You will need to have your card with you for any transaction. 
  • Your library card should only be used by you. It is not transferable.
  • Please remember to tell your local library if any of your personal details change, for example, your address, telephone number or email address.
  • You don't have to be a library member to visit us or use the Reference and Information service.

If your personal details change

We need to know. We keep your details in our system, but from time to time we will ask you to confirm the information, particularly if you have moved.

If you have moved since you joined the library you'll need to confirm the old address on our records and show proof of your new address. Your details will be updated straight away and you can continue using your library card.

Please also tell us if anything else changes, like your telephone number, email address or if you change your name.

You can update your details online by logging into your account with your library card and PIN.

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Renewing your membership

If you haven't used your card for a while, we may ask you to confirm the details we hold on our system. The system prompts staff to check  records every few years and sometimes when you use your card it may give you a 'card expired' message. Just take your card to a member of staff and we'll check your details.

Lost, stolen or damaged library cards

Until you notify the library that your card is missing, any items borrowed on your card remain your responsibility.

You can email us to report your library card lost. Please provide your name, address and postcode. As soon as we can, we'll mark the card as 'Reported Lost' until you next visit a library with ID and choose to reinstate or replace your card.

There's a £3 charge for replacing a library card.

If your card has been stolen and reported to the police, you can present your Police Crime Number to library staff and you won't be charged for the replacement.

You'll need to visit the library with ID to receive your replacement card. You'll receive it immediately and you can start borrowing straight away.

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Library notices by email

We can email you library notices which include:

  • renewal reminders - reminding you a few days before your items are due back
  • reservation notifications - telling you when your reserved item is ready for collection
  • loan receipts - emailing you a list of items you've just borrowed (instead of printing a receipt)

PLEASE NOTE: These notices are a courtesy service only and it is still your responsibility to return your items by the due date.

How to set up the library email service:

You will need your library card number and PIN to log in to My Library

  • Go to the 'Personal Details' section to check that we have your current email address. You can change your email address at this point.
  • Choose your nearest library from the drop down menu.
  • Tick both boxes if you would like to receive library notices and library information by email.
  • To receive an email record of your loans, choose your preference from the 'Receipt Preference' box.
  • Remember to click on 'Update' to save the changes you have made and log out.

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Your library PIN

You need a four digit PIN and your library card number to use some services, including:

  • to renew or reserve library items
  • to use Libraries Xtra
  • to access your free computer sessions at libraries
  • to manage your account online

Please remember that you need to have your card with you for any transaction. 

When you receive an email warning that your books are due back, it's easy to log in to your account and renew items.

Lost or forgotten your PIN?  How do I apply for a PIN?

If you don't know your library PIN but we have your email address on record, you can use the 'Forgot Your PIN' option on the 'My Library' screen. Enter your library card number and surname and we will email you your PIN.

If you don’t have an email address (or we don’t have it on record) please contact your local library either in person or by phone to get your PIN. You'll need to have your library card number to do this.

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Last Updated: 11 May 2022