New and Improved Milton Keynes Libraries

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

While we undertake any building works and projects, we hope to keep the disruption of your library provision to a minimum and apologise for any temporary inconvenience. Wherever possible, we put interim arrangements in place to continue providing access to your libraries and library services.

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Newport Pagnell Library

During 2019 we will be refurbishing Newport Pagnell Library. Further details will be released as plans are made and we will give you as much notice as possible for any disruption to customers.

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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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May 2018

While Westcroft Library has settled into Tattenhoe Pavilion, the new library building is starting to take shape and emerging from the rubble.

Westcroft new library building April 2018
April 2018
Westcroft new library building May 2018
May 2018

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We're trying to be patient ... and if all goes to plan, we're hoping to open the doors to our new library building at the Westcroft District Centre by Spring 2019.

New Westcroft Library building site
July 2018

 Work is continuing as planned and as you can see, we now have a roof (or at least the outline of one)!

Westcroft Library site 21 Aug18
21 August 2018

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 October 2018

Library staff on the roof of the new Westcroft Library wearing pink hard hats

Building works remain on schedule and we are on target to open the new library early in 2019.

Tattenhoe Pavilion's Westcroft Library will close the doors to the public at 1pm on Saturday, 1 December 2018. We'd like to say a huge thank you to Tattenhoe Pavilion for offering us a temporary home during the transformation and for making us feel so welcome.

Once the library has closed, we'll be working behind the scenes to move books and furniture into the new building and ensure everything is installed, set up and working for you when when it opens. We're not sure of the exact date yet - but keep your eyes peeled as we'll be shouting about it as soon as we can.

In the meantime, here are some more photos showing the progress and artist's impressions of the internal layout (details not finalised).

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New Westcroft Library Building Works internal shots
October 2018
Westcroft Library New Building external shots

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Artist impression of inside of new Westcroft Library
Suggested internal design(s) for new Westcroft Library
Artists impression of inside of new Westcroft Library

December 2018 

The doors closed at 1pm on Saturday, 1 December 2018 signalling the end of the temporary Westcroft Library based at Tattenhoe Pavilion. 

We'd like to say a huge thank you to Tattenhoe Pavilion and all the staff for making our stay so successful and enjoyable. We'd also like to thank all those loyal customers who continued to use the library and visit us at our home away from home.

At the end of November the construction crew were working on the final touches - both inside and outside - ready to pass the building over to us in December. We're anticipating the hand over of our shiny new building with bated breath.

Westcroft Library Externa works in N Nov 18
November 2018

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5 December 2018

Handover of keys to MK Libraries
5 December 2018 - Handing over the keys

We'll now start installing furniture and equipment, filling the shelves with books and getting everything ready. We'll let you know the exact date when the new library will open but we're hoping it will be by the end of January 2019. We'll be sure to make a song and dance about it - and you'll be invited to help us celebrate the opening. Watch out for more news.

Westcroft Library at Tattenhoe Pavilion all boxed up ready to leave
14 December 2018 - All boxed up and ready to leave Tattenhoe Pavilion

 January 2019

Poster showing the new Westcroft Library is opening 29 January 2019 at 10am

At 10am on Tuesday, 29 January 2019 doors to the new Westcroft Library were thrown open! There was a huge turnout for the ceremonial ribbon cutting by Councillor Martin Petchey, the Mayor of Milton Keynes. Many council representatives and members of the public attended to share the thrill of opening our new library.

Mayor cutting the ribbon for the new Westcroft Library opening
29 January 2019

Children from the Ducklings and Acorn nurseries joined us and made a return journey a couple of days later to enjoy storytelling fun in a quieter environment. Morrisons sponsored the event by providing refreshments. Kier were on hand with balloons to support us too.

Ducklings and Acorn nursery children at the Westcroft Library opening
29 January 2019

The Mayor helped to fill and secure the time capsule which is buried at Westcroft Library for future generations to discover and see a selection of items from the local area - including nursery and library information sheets, reports and pictures, newspaper and parish magazine, pen, mug, high visibility jacket and a 2018 £1 coin - when the building began.

The Mayor putting library card into the time capsule at Westcroft Library
29 January 2019

We feel very lucky to have a brand new library in Milton Keynes and hope that everyone in the community who supported us and was so patient will now take the time to visit and appreciate the end result.

Visitors to Westcroft Library and the new building
29 January 2019
You can see details of the planning application on the Planning Portal by searching for application number: 17/00269/MKCOD3 and viewing the various documents.

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Last Updated: 8 April 2019