New and Improved Milton Keynes Libraries
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.
In its 50th year we have exciting plans to make major improvements to this much loved local library so that even more people can enjoy what it has to offer.
When will the library be closed?
We can only carry out these major works by closing the building for a few months. Newport Pagnell Library will be closed from Tuesday 2 September 2019. It will re-open again in January 2020.
Where can I find services and activities during the closure?
We are working hard to make sure that you can still access services and activities.
After 2 September 2019 you can:
- Use your library card and return books at any of our other 8 libraries across the borough
- Attend Children’s Hour and storytimes at our other 8 libraries
- Find eBooks, eMagazines and eAudiobooks anytime on the eLibrary page of the website
- Visit the Mobile Library in Newport Pagnell which will have an extra visit on Wednesday morning
What's the plan for Newport Pagnell Library?
After it re-opens, Newport Pagnell Library will continue to offer all of its popular library services. It will have been completely redecorated and have a new layout, an exciting new children’s library as well as new furniture, lighting and flooring. We have carefully designed the changes to respect and preserve the character of this much loved facility.
The S106 funding for this project comes from local building developments.
Wolverton Library was closed for a few days in May 2019 and when it opened again it was shiny and new!
We had a new carpet throughout, changed the layout with some new furniture and hopefully made it more welcoming and functional. There are still a couple of changes in the pipeline and so far the customers enjoying their 'new' library.
You can see a 360 photo and new floorplan of Wolverton Library (and all our libraries) on the Library Locations page.
- Timeline and Progress
- Tattenhoe Pavilion
- Interim Service Provision
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.
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).
The opening hours will remain the same:
* Library closed to the public 10-11am for Children's Hour.
Once the doors closed on 30 September we moved like greased lightning and Westcroft was packed up and cleared out.
By 5 October 2017 our dear 'old' Westcroft Library was empty.
While at the other end of the equation - Tattenhoe Pavilion was having cabling installed ready for the public pcs and taking deliveries.
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.
New internal and external signs were installed too!
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.
While Westcroft Library has settled into Tattenhoe Pavilion, the new library building is starting to take shape and emerging from the rubble.
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).
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.
5 December 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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.|
Last Updated: 9 July 2019