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.

When you become a member of Milton Keynes Libraries you can borrow items from any of the nine libraries and items can be renewed at or returned to any library (including the Mobile Library).

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Books and Reading

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

  • Large Print - All Milton Keynes Libraries stock a range of large print books.  Whilst not all books published are produced in large print, most of the popular novels and some factual books, such as 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 a reservation 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

Milton Keynes Libraries also participates in many events like the Summer Reading Challenge and information is available as the schemes become active.

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


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

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Recently Added Titles

Here are some of the new adult titles recently added to the shelves at Milton Keynes Libraries. 


  • David Baldacci – The Fallen
  • Belinda Bauer - Snap
  • Sharon Bolton – The Craftsman
  • Simon Brett – A Deadly Habit
  • Bill Clinton & James Patterson – The President is Missing
  • Diney Costeloe – Miss Mary’s Daughter
  • Dilly Court – The Summer Maiden
  • Rachel Cusk - Kudos
  • Sandrone Dazieri – Kill the Angel
  • Jeffrey Deaver – The Cutting Edge
  • Pamela Evans – A Brighter Day Tomorrow
  • Isabelle Grey – Wrong Way Home
  • Joanne M Harris – The Testament of Loki
  • Sarah J Harris – The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder
  • John Harvey – Body and Soul
  • Emma Healey – Whistle in the Dark
  • Ruth Hogan – The Wisdom of Red Shoes
  • Conn Iggulden – The Falcon of Sparta
  • David Jackson – Don’t Make a Sound
  • Peter James – Dead if You Don’t
  • Ben Kane – Clash of Empires
  • Alex Kava – Lost Creed
  • Christobel Kent – What We Did
  • Lars Kepler – The Rabbit Hunter
  • Vaseem Khan – Murder at the Grand Raj Palace
  • Jessica Knoll – The Favourite Sister
  • Dorothy Koomson – The Brighton Mermaid
  • Michael Koryta – How it Happened
  • Kate Mosse – The Burning Chambers
  • Sheila O’Flanagan – The Hideaway
  • James Patterson – Private Princess
  • A J Pearce – Dear Mrs Bird
  • Sarah Pinborough – Cross Her Heart
  • Karen Rose – Death is Not Enough
  • John Sandford – Golden Prey
  • Yrsa Sigurdardottir – The Reckoning
  • Salley Vickers – The Librarian
  • Alison Weir – Jane Seymour

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  • Ant Anstead – Cops and Robbers: The Story of the British Police Car
  • Antony Beevor - Arnhem
  • Jordan Bourke – Britain’s Best Home Cook: Great Food Every Day
  • Tom Bower – Rebel Prince
  • Holly Davidson – Active: Workouts That Work for You
  • Stephen Fay – Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket
  • Antonia Fraser – The King and the Catholics
  • Robert Hilburn – Paul Simon: The Life
  • Dave Itzkoff – Robin
  • Allan Jenkins – Plot 29
  • Si King & Dave Myers – The Hairy Dieters Make It Easy
  • Maeve Madden – Beat Your Bloat
  • John Nichol – Spitfire: A Very British Love Story
  • Paul Osborne – Sherlock: The Fire Brigade Dog
  • Jennifer Palmieri – Dear Madam President
  • Serhii Plokhy – Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy
  • Jay Sinha – Life Without Plastic
  • Gordon Smith – Beyond Reasonable Doubt
  • Wilbur Smith – On Leopard Rock: A Life of Adventures
  • Paul Theroux – Figures in a Landscape
  • Dan Toombs – The Curry Guy Easy
  • Alice Vinten – Girl on the Line
  • Susannah Walker – The Life of Stuff
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – The Life and Rhymes

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Community Language Resources

Available from Libraries:

Languages Available (by Library):

Resources can be requested at any branch, and also for the Mobile Library.


Bengali Chinese French
German Gujarati Hindi
Marathi Panjabi Polish
Spanish Urdu  


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

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Chinese French German
Italian Polish  

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Bengali German Marathi
Spanish Telegu Urdu



Polish Urdu
Other Resources
Digital Newspapers/ PressDisplay Here you can find links to newspapers and other news sources from almost every country and territory in the world.
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:

  • Books and Reference Books on all aspects of Music, music-making and Musicians.  You can search the Library Catalogue for titles.
  • Music Tuition - find tutors in the local area.
  • Online Library Services - Naxos Music Library - the world's largest classical music listening service.

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Music/Orchestral Scores:

Here are some organisations that hire out music scores:

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Naxos Music Library:

Milton Keynes Libraries 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 are using a computer in one of the libraries in Milton Keynes, you will be able to access Naxos straightaway.

If you are using a computer outside the libraries, you will need to type the number on your library card (the letter B followed by nine digits) in the login box to access the database.

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

If you are 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 or you can join the library so that you can start using the music library on your own computer.

Music Magazines:

BBC Music can be read in the Reference Library at Milton Keynes Central Library.

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Audio Books

A variety of Spoken Word audio books are available at all the Milton Keynes Libraries in various formats.

We stock the following:

  • Books: Fiction - the majority of titles produced on CD and cassette 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 such as fear of flying and relaxation.
  • eAudiobook Downloads
  • eMagazine Downloads

Visually impaired library members can borrow audio books free of charge.

Fines are charged on overdue items.

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

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Each library has a selection of popular magazines available for loan - ranging from women's interest to music and film to gardening to fitness and sport.

Magazines are bought on a regular basis but we cannot 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 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
  • Spoken Word

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

Recommend an Item for Adding to Library Stock

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Thank you 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: 19 June 2018