New and Improved Milton Keynes Libraries

Exciting changes are happening at Milton Keynes Libraries as we invest in new and improved facilities.

We hope to keep the disruption of your library provision to a minimum and apologise for the temporary inconvenience. Wherever possible, we have put interim arrangements in place to continue providing access to your libraries and library services.

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Bletchley Library

Timeline

February 2015

It all began with the Sharing Libraries project in February 2015 which led to much planning and work behind the scenes. We are investing £600,000 in fully modernising and refurbishing Bletchley Library and are aiming to open the doors early in 2018.

Bletchley Library Internal Drawing
[Please note: Drawings are representational and not final]
Bletchley Library Internal Drawing
Bletchley Library Internal Drawing

At 1pm on Saturday, 27 May 2017 Bletchley Library closed its doors to the public. 

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June 2017

The building was cleared of furniture, equipment, books and more books and boxes have been put into storage while the building works began.

Bletchley Library Clearance Photos
Bletchley Library Clearance Photos
Bletchley Library Clearance Photos
Bletchley Library Clearance Photos
June 2017

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Viv wearing a pink hard hat

August 2017

Exciting news - we now have a date when the builders will be moving in and starting work on Bletchley Library! Roll on 29 August 2017.

We love it when a plan comes together! The builders arrived, right on cue!

Builders arriving at Bletchley Library

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October 2017

Work is steaming ahead at Bletchley Library now. Scaffolding surrounds the building; the external works are in hand and inside, one wall has been removed and new ones are being installed.

Bletchley Library External Building Works 23 Oct 2017
23 October 2017
Bletchley Library Internal Works 23 Oct 2017
Bletchley Library Internal Works 23 Oct 2017
Bletchley Library Internal Works 23 Oct 2017

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November 2017

Bletchley Library Nov 17

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January 2018

Work is moving along and we are on target for opening the new Bletchley Library in mid-March 2018.

Early January saw the roof completed, the scaffolding begin to be removed and the floor ready to be started in mid-January.

Bletchley Library photos January 2018

By the end of January the cabins and building equipment will be removed and the external works (hopefully) completed - all with the aim of having the building 'handed back' to us by February 2018.

Once we have the premises, the fixtures and fittings will be installed and IT services sorted. Fingers crossed!

Bletchley Library internal photo

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Services

Remember that you can access many library services 24 hours a day by visiting the website.

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Central Library

Welcome desk at Central Library

Building work started at Central Library on 4 September 2017. We are making improvements to the building and facilities in and around the foyer area.

We apologise for the disruption during this time. You will still be able to use the Reference Library on the ground floor and there will be access to the stairs and lift to use the upstairs areas.

Boy in Hard Hat

There will be no public toilets available for the duration of the construction work at Central Library. The nearest alternatives are at the Milton Keynes Council Civic Offices or in the shopping centre. 

If you'd like to see more about the plans for the foyer, you can visit the Planning Portal pages.

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September 2017

The foyer was cleared ready for the work to begin and all services were moved upstairs. The lift and stairs both remain accessible.

Central Foyer Cleared out on 1 Sep 2017
Central Foyer 1Sep17
1 September 2017
Central Foyer 6Sep17 Photos
Central Foyer 6Sep17 Photos
6 September 2017

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Central Foyer 7Sep17
7 September 2017
CMK Foyer 25Sep17
25 September 2017

October 2017

The foyer furniture has all been removed and the noisy work started at the beginning of October. We're sorry about the noise but we hope it will all be worth it in the end.

Central Foyer 2Oct17
2 October 2017

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November 2017

Ongoing works in and around the foyer with new toilets being installed and at the end of November/early December the stairs were the only way up (and down) while new carpets were laid.

Building works at Central Library 16 Nov 2017
16 November 2017
Building works at Central Library 16 Nov 2017
16 November 2017 (and stairs in early December)

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December 2017

Our precious Boyd & Evans paintings were protected with some nifty crane-work and progress on the stairs and half landing floors moved on.

Cranes in Central Library foyer 2 Dec 2017
2 December 2017

Central Library had no choice but to close the doors to the public between 13-22 December while the foyer floor was prepared and the new carpets laid. We opened on the 23 December with impressive flooring in time for the New Year. 

Central Foyer Carpets 23 Dec 2017
23 December 2017

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Westcroft Library

Timeline

February 2015

It all began with the Sharing Libraries project in February 2015 which led to much planning and work behind the scenes. We are investing £1.4 million into developing a new purpose built Westcroft Library behind The Meeting Place at the Westcroft District Centre and will be relocating to Tattenhoe Pavilion until the new library is ready in 2018.

Westcroft Library External Drawingss
[Please note: Drawings are representational and not final]
Westcroft Library Internal Drawings
Westcroft Library Internal Drawings

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September 2017

At 1pm on Saturday, 30 September 2017 Westcroft Library closed its doors to the public and will re-open at Tattenhoe Pavilion in October/November (date to be confirmed).

Tattenhoe Pavilion
Tattenhoe Pavilion

The opening hours will remain the same:

MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT SUN
- 10-5 *11-5 10-5 10-5 10-1 -

* Library closed to the public 10-11am for Children's Hour.

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October 2017

Once the doors closed on 30 September we moved like greased lightning and Westcroft was packed up and cleared out.

Westcroft Library being cleared 4 Oct 2017
Westcroft Library being cleared 4 Oct 2017
3/4 October 2017

By 5 October 2017 our dear 'old' Westcroft Library was empty.

Westcroft Library empty 5 October 2017
5 October 2017
Tattenhoe Pavilion cabling 22 Sep 2017
22 September 2017

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While at the other end of the equation - Tattenhoe Pavilion was having cabling installed ready for the public pcs and taking deliveries.

Tattenhoe Pavilion Panorama 3oct17
Tattenhoe Pavilion 3oct17
3 October 2017

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Old Westcroft Library Peeling Sticker from Windows 5 Oct 17
Synchronised sticker peeling!
Tattenhoe Pavilion 9 Oct 17
9 October 2017
Tattenhoe Pavilion 9 Oct 17
Tattenhoe Pavilion 9 Oct 17
Tattenhoe Pavilion 9 Oct 17

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17 October 2017

After all the hard work, the doors at Tattenhoe Pavilion were opened on Tuesday, 17 October 2017. The public computers are not quite ready for use yet, but we're getting there.

Westcroft Library at Tattenhoe Pavilion Internal 17 Oct 2017
17 October 2017
Westcroft Library at Tattenhoe Pavilion External 20 Oct 2017
20 October 2017
Westcroft Library at Tattenhoe Pavilion Internal Panoramic views 20 Oct 2017

New internal and external signs were installed too!

Westcroft Library at Tattenhoe Pavilion external signs 20 Oct 2017

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November 2017

The official opening of the library was held on 1 November 2017 with the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon by Councillor Liz Gifford (the Cabinet member responsible for Libraries). Local families then enjoyed the delights of Children’s Hour with stories, songs and crafts along with refreshments provided by the Tattenhoe Pavilion cafe.

Westcroft Library opening 1Nov17
Westcroft Library opening 1Nov17

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Tattenhoe Pavilion

Westcroft Library to Tattenhoe Pavilion map

Tattenhoe Sports Pavilion is managed by Hertsmere Leisure, a registered charity and company established to provide and promote community sport, recreational and arts services. Visit their website for information about the facilities. 

The Pavilion
Holborn Crescent
Tattenhoe
Milton Keynes  MK4 3EQ

You can view a larger map here. (JPG, 317KB)

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Services

While Westcroft Library is located at Tattenhoe Pavilion, all the usual library services are available including:

  • free WiFi
  • public computers
  • printing
  • Children’s Hour
  • photocopying
  • all your favorite books

Tattenhoe Pavilion offers ample free parking, a café and toilets.

Remember that you can access many library services 24 hours a day by visiting the website.

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Last Updated: 16 January 2018