What You Can Borrow

You don't have to be a library member to visit our libraries but if you'd like to borrow books or other resources you will need to join the library.

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When you become a member of Milton Keynes Libraries you can borrow items from any of the 9 libraries. Items can be renewed at or returned to any library (including the Mobile Library). Full members can borrow up to 15 items plus digital books.

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Books and Reading

Whether you're looking for fiction or non-fiction we have the right book for you. Milton Keynes Libraries hold books in a variety of formats.

  • Large Print - All libraries stock a range of large print books. While not all books published are produced in large print, most of the popular novels and some factual books (like biographies or travel stories) are published in this format. Reservations can be made for large print books and library members who are visually impaired can make reservations free of charge.
  • Graphic Novels - from Batman to Manga.
  • Children's Books - from board books for your babies to early readers and homework help.
  • Teenage Books
  • Community Language Books - for adults and children.
  • Reading Group Box Sets
  • Quick Reads - basic skills collection

We also participates in many events like the Summer Reading Challenge and information appears as the schemes become active.

We have a collection of Mood Boosting Books for library members to borrow. These books have been recommended by readers as being upbeat and having lifted their spirits.

Recommendations

You can always recommend an item for adding to lending stock by using the online form. If you'd prefer, you can also make suggestions for new purchases at one of our libraries.

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Banned Books

Banned Books Week was started by the American Library Association (ALA) in 1982. It was initiated in response to an increasing number of challenges in America to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Banned Books Week UK is a week long celebration of the freedom to read, coordinated by partner organisations in association with the ALA.

What do we mean by ‘Banned’?
By ‘banned’ we mean any book that has been censored or banned - or it may have been restricted or asked to be removed from libraries, schools, bookshops or public circulation. A book might be challenged by individuals, private pressure groups or governments who disagree with its content or message and wish to censor or silence the author’s voice.

Banned Books Week is in September.

Here's a list of some of the Banned Books - although the list is by no means limited to these titles! How many have you read?

JUNIOR AND YOUNG ADULT

  • Sherman Alexie – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian
  • Anonymous - Go Ask Alice
  • Jay Asher –Thirteen Reasons Why
  • Judy Blume - Forever 
  • Judy Blume – Blubber
  • Judy Blume - Tiger Eyes
  • Judy Blume - Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
  • Melvin Burgess – Junk  
  • Lewis Carroll - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • Stephen Chbosky - The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
  • Suzanne Collins - Catching Fire
  • Suzanne Collins - Mockingjay
  • Robert Cormier – The Chocolate War
  • Roald Dahl - The Witches
  • Roald Dahl - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Roald Dahl - Revolting Rhymes
  • Roald Dahl - The Vicar of Nibbleswicke
  • Linda De Haan – King and King
  • Emily Danforth – The Miseducation of Cameron Post
  • Anne Frank - The Diary of a Young Girl
  • William Golding - Lord of the Flies
  • John Green – The Fault in our Stars
  • John Green - Looking for Alaska
  • Jacob Grimm - The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales
  • Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • James Howe – Totally Joe
  • Robie Harris – Let’s Talk about Sex
  • Robie Harris – Where Babies Come From
  • David Levithan – Two Boys Kissing
  • Lois Lowry – The Giver
  • Caroline Mackler – The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things
  • Stephanie Meyer – Twilight
  • Phyllis Reynolds Naylor - Alice (series)
  • Dav Pilkey - Captain Underpants (series)
  • Dav Pilkey – The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby (Series)
  • Philip Pullman - His Dark Materials (series)
  • Louise Rennison – Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging
  • Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell - And Tango Makes Three
  • Rick Riordan - Percy Jackson and the Olympians
  • J K Rowling – Harry Potter (series)
  • Trina Schart Hyman - Little Red Riding Hood
  • Mariko Tamaki – This One Summer
  • Mark Twain – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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ADULT

  • V C Andrews - Flowers in the Attic
  • Maya Angelou - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Margaret Atwood – The Handmaids Tale
  • Ray Bradbury - Farenheit 451
  • Mikhail Bulgakov – The Master and the Margarita
  • Anthony Burgess – A Clockwork Orange
  • John Cleland - Fanny Hill
  • Harlan Coben - The Woods
  • Jackie Collins - The Stud
  • Jackie Collins - The World is Full of Married Men
  • Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary
  • Robert Guterson – Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Khaled Hosseini – The Kite Runner
  • Thomas Hardy - Jude the Obscure
  • Joseph Heller - Catch-22
  • Aldous Huxley – Brave New World
  • Henrik Ibsen - A Doll's House
  • Henrik Ibsen - Ghosts
  • James Joyce - Ulysses
  • Ken Kesey – One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • D H Lawrence – Lady Chatterley’s Lover
  • Jack London - The Call of the Wild
  • Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Toni Morrison - The Bluest Eye
  • Toni Morrison – Beloved
  • Vladimir Nabokov – Lolita
  • George Orwell - 1984
  • George Orwell - Animal Farm
  • Boris Pasternak – Doctor Zhivago
  • Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar
  • Terry Pratchett - Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
  • Salman Rushdie – The Satanic Verses
  • J.D. Salinger – The Catcher in the Rye
  • Marjane Satrapi – Persepolis
  • John Steinbeck – Of Mice and Men
  • John Steinbeck - East of Eden
  • John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath
  • J R R Tolkien - The Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • Vassilis Vassilikos - Z
  • Voltaire - Candide
  • Kurt Vonnegut – Slaughterhouse-Five
  • Alice Walker – The Color Purple

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Recently Added Titles

During the Coronavirus closures, we have continued adding digital titles to the RBdigital resources. We have listed the recent additions below.

To see more adult titles added to the shelves over the past few months (prior to the Coronavirus closures) visit the Added to the Shelves web page

MAY 2020

ADULT FICTION eBOOKS

  • Kate Atkinson - Big Sky
  • Margaret Atwood - The Testaments
  • Antonio Iturbe - The Librarian of Auschwitz
  • Lisa Jewell - The Family Upstairs
  • Jane Linfoot - A Cornish Cottage by the Sea
  • Stuart MacBride - All That's Dead
  • Jo Nesbo - Knife
  • Dawn O'Porter - So Lucky
  • Dawn O'Porter - The Cows
  • Gill Sims - Why Mummy Doesn't Give a ****
  • Adriana Trigiani - Big Cherry Holler
  • Adriana Trigiani - Big Stone Gap
  • Adriana Trigiani - Milk Glass Moon
  • Exit Wounds: Nineteen Tales of Mystery from the Modern Masters of Crime

 

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ADULT NON-FICTION eBOOKS

  • Christy Brown - My Left Foot
  • Lee Child - The Hero
  • Thomas Erikson - Surrounded by Idiots
  • Kay Featherstone - Pinch of Nom
  • Stephen Fry - Mythos
  • Carol Ann Lee - The Murders at White House Farm
  • David Mitchell - Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy
  • Hallie Rubenhold - The Five
  • Colin Rushton - The Saboteur of Auschwitz
  • Lisa Taddeo - Three Women
  • Matthew Walker - Why We Sleep

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JUNIOR eBOOKS

  • Kwame Alexander - Booked
  • Kwame Alexander - The Crossover
  • Malorie Blackman - Crossfire
  • Peter Bunzl - Cogheart
  • Peter Bunzl - Mooklocket
  • Peter Bunzl - Shadowsea
  • Peter Bunzl - Skycircus
  • Helena Duggan - A Place Called Perfect
  • Helena Duggan - The Battle for Perfect
  • Helena Duggan - The Trouble with Perfect
  • Philip Pullman - The Secret Commonwealth
  • Randy Ribay - Patron Saints of Nothing
  • Annet Schaap - Lampie
  • Ross Welford - The Kid Who Came From Space
  • Katherine Woodfine - The Clockwork Sparrow
  • Katherine Woodfine - The Jewelled Moth
  • Katherine Woodfine - The Midnight Peacock
  • Katherine Woodfine - The Painted Dragon

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ADULT eAUDIOBOOKS

  • Karen Campbell - The Sound of the Hours
  • Nadine Dorries - The Velvet Ribbon
  • Penny Feeny - Secrets in Sicily
  • Jennifer Joyce - The Accidental Life Swap
  • Hilary Mantel - The Mirror and the Light
  • Mandy Morton - The Ice Maid's Tail
  • Ian Rankin - Westwind
  • Peter Swanson - Rules for Perfect Murders
  • Andrew Taylor - The Second Midnight
  • Joanna Toye - Wartime for the Shop Girls
  • Fiona Walker - Country Lovers

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JUNIOR eAUDIOBOOKS

  • David Baddiel - The Taylor Turbochaser
  • Peter Bunzl - Cogheart
  • Lauren Child - Look Into My Eyes
  • Lauren Child - Take Your Last Breath
  • Max Evans - Who Let the Gods Out?
  • M G Leonard - Beetle Boy
  • Philip Reeve - Railhead
  • Jessica Townsend - Wundersmith
  • David Walliams - Fing
  • Harriet Whitehorn - Freddie's Amazing Bakery
  • Katherine Woodfine - The Jewelled Moth
  • Katherine Woodfine - The Clockwork Sparrow

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Community Language Resources

Available from Libraries:

  • Children's and Adult books in languages other than English.
  • Newspapers and Magazines in other languages. If our collection doesn't have the particular newspaper or magazine you're looking for, try the digital newspaper reader called PressDisplay

Languages Available (by Library):

Resources can be requested at any branch including the Mobile Library.

BLETCHLEY LIBRARY

  • Bengali
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Marathi
  • Panjabi
  • Polish
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

CENTRAL LIBRARY

  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Chinese
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Marathi
  • Panjabi
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tamil
  • Telegu
  • Urdu

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KINGSTON LIBRARY - None

NEWPORT PAGNELL LIBRARY

  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Polish

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OLNEY LIBRARY - None

STONY STRATFORD LIBRARY - None

WESTCROFT LIBRARY

  • Bengali
  • German
  • Marathi
  • Spanish
  • Telegu
  • Urdu

WOBURN SANDS LIBRARY - None

WOLVERTON LIBRARY

  • Polish
  • Urdu

Other resources you may find useful:

  •  Digital Newspapers/ PressReader - Here you can find links to newspapers and publications from almost every country and territory in the world in 60 languages. You can also listen to articles in the language of your choice using the PressReader App.
  • Community Language Service - A professional interpreting and translation service available to all public and commercial organisations.
  • ESOL - English as a Second Language - Help learning to speak and read English.
  • IELTS - International English Language Testing System - Revise Online with access through your Library membership.

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Music Library

We provide a variety of Music services, ranging from books on Music and Musicians to the Naxos Online Music Library.

Books and Resources:

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Music/Orchestral Scores:

Here are some organisations that hire out music scores:

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Naxos Music Library:

Library users can access Naxos, the world's largest classical music listening service, with a collection of over 130,000 tracks of music.

Naxos Music Library not only provides music but also includes text resources such as opera synopses and libretti and study guides.

If you're using a computer in one of the libraries in Milton Keynes, you'll be able to access Naxos straightaway.

If you are using a computer outside the libraries, you'll need to log in to Naxos by typing in the number on your library card (the letter B followed by nine digits).

Please note that this is a popular and busy service. If you cannot gain access immediately, please try again later.

If you're not a Milton Keynes Libraries member you can still access the Naxos Music Library on any of the computers in the libraries in Milton Keynes. If you join the library you can use Naxos on your own computer.

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Audiobooks

A variety of spoken word audiobooks are available on CD at all Milton Keynes libraries. Audiobooks are loaned as part of the 15 items available to borrow for full library members.

We stock the following:

  • Books: Fiction - most titles produced on CD are popular fiction in both abridged and unabridged versions.
  • Books: Non-Fiction - including biographies and travel.
  • Comedy - ranging from The Goon Show to Mitchell and Webb.
  • Language Courses - including Arabic, French, Italian, Spanish and English as a Foreign Language.
  • Radio Plays - including works by Agatha Christie and William Shakespeare.
  • Self-Help - covering subjects like fear of flying and relaxation.
  • eAudiobook Downloads
  • eMagazine Downloads
  • eBook Downloads

Visually impaired library members can borrow audiobooks free of charge.

Fines are charged on overdue items.

Reservations can be made for audiobooks that are already in library stock or on order. There is a charge for making a reservation although visually impaired library members can make reservations free of charge.

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Magazines

Each library has a selection of popular magazines available for loan - including women's interests, music, film, gardening, fitness and sport.

Magazines are bought on a regular basis but we can't guarantee that we will buy the same titles every month.

There is no charge for borrowing magazines. They are loaned for one week and can be returned to any library. Magazines can be renewed by the week at any library, by phone or online.

We have a variety of resources available:

Please note that we do not accept reservations for magazines.

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New Stock Coming Soon to Milton Keynes Libraries

You can view lists of new stock coming soon to Milton Keynes Libraries through the library catalogue. Select the New Titles Coming Soon option from the list on the screen.

You can then choose to view

  • Adult Books
  • Children's Books
  • Teen Books
  • Large Print
  • Audiobooks

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Recommendations

We're always happy to receive recommendations for items to add to library stock. Please fill in this form and we'll consider your suggestion. If you prefer, you can make suggestions in person at any of our libraries.

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Thanks for your recommendation. While all suggested items will be considered we cannot guarantee that they will be added to stock.

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Last Updated: 6 April 2020