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When you become a member of Milton Keynes Libraries you can borrow items from any of the 9 libraries and 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 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.

Recommendations

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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Banned Books

Banned Books Week was initiated by the American Library Association (ALA) in 1982 in response to an increasing number of challenges in the US 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, banned or where its removal or restriction has been called for 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 therefore 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

Here are some of the new adult titles recently added to the shelves at Milton Keynes Libraries. To see more titles added over the past few months visit the Added to the Shelves web page

FICTION

  • Joe Abercrombie – A Little Hatred
  • Leigh Bardugo – Ninth House
  • Stephen Baxter – World Engines: Destroyer
  • Becky Chambers – To be Taught If Fortunate
  • Martina Cole – No Mercy
  • Bernard Cornwell – Sword of Kings
  • Patricia Cornwell – Quantum
  • Dilly Court – The Christmas Wedding
  • Caroline England – Betray Her
  • Julian Fellowes – The Mitford Scandal
  • Vince Flynn – Lethal Agent
  • Nicci French – The Lying Room
  • Tess Gerritsen – The Shape of Night
  • Elizabeth Gilbert – City of Girls
  • Elly Griffiths – Now You See Them
  • John Grisham – The Guardians
  • Susan Hill – The Benefit of Hindsight
  • Michel Houellebecq - Serotonin
  • Anna Jacobs – Christmas in Peppercorn Street
  • Peter James – The Secret of Cold Hill
  • Sophie Kinsella – Christmas Shopaholic
  • Edward Marston – Fear on the Phantom Special
  • Heather Morris – Cilka’s Journey
  • Ann Patchett – The Dutch House
  • James Patterson – 19th Christmas
  • Anne Perry – A Christmas Gathering
  • John Sandford – Bloody Genius
  • Danielle Steel – Child’s Play
  • Julian Stockwin – To the Eastern Seas

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NON-FICTION

  • Rahman Ali – My Brother, Muhammad Ali
  • Amrou Al-Kadhi - Unicorn
  • Brett Anderson – Afternoons with the Blinds Drawn
  • Julie Andrews – Home Work
  • Dave Asprey – Super Human
  • Pam Ayres – Up in the Attic
  • Vicky Bennison – Pasta Grannies
  • Mary Berry – Cooks up a Feast
  • Adele Brand – The Hidden World of the Fox
  • Katy Brand – I Carried a Watermelon
  • Bill Bryson – The Body
  • Jensen Button – How to be an F1 Driver
  • Louise Callaghan – Father of Lions
  • Inti Chavez Perez – Respect
  • Deepak Chopra – Metahuman
  • Jeremy Clarkson – Really?
  • Billy Connolly – Tall Tales and Wee Stories
  • Andrea Corr – Barefoot Pilgrimage
  • Fearne Cotton – Happy Vegan
  • Tom Cox – Ring the Hill
  • John Craven – Headlines and Hedgerows
  • Ian Cruise – 20 years of Talksport
  • Rachel De Thample – Gifts from the Modern Larder
  • Sarah Dry – Waters of the World
  • David Epstein – Range
  • Flic Everett – How to be Sober and Keep your Friends
  • William Feaver – The Lives of Lucian Freud: Youth
  • Ranulph Fiennes – The Elite
  • Henry Firth – Bosh! How to Live Vegan
  • Amaryllis Fox – Life Undercover
  • Nick Fry – Survive, Drive, Win
  • Anne Glenconner – Lady in Waiting
  • Colin Grant - Homecoming
  • Debbie Harry – Face It
  • Ching-He Huang – Wok On
  • Peter Hennessy – Winds of Change
  • Lenny Henry – Who Am I, Again?
  • Judith Hoare – The Woman Who Cracked the Anxiety Code
  • Catherine Horwood – Beth Chatto: A Life with Plants
  • Terrie Howey – Buckinghamshire Folk Tales
  • John Humphrys – A Day Like Today
  • Nadiya Hussain – Finding My Voice
  • Robert Iger – The Ride of a Lifetime
  • Tove Jansson – Letters from Tove
  • Norman Jay – Mister Good Times
  • Simon Jenkins – A Short History of London
  • Elton John – Me
  • Karoline Jonsson – Happy Vegan Christmas
  • Adam kay – Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas
  • Jonny Keeling – Seven Worlds One Planet
  • Trevor McDonald – An Improbable Life
  • Christopher McDougall – Running with Sherman
  • Richard Mabey – Turning the Boat for Home
  • Madness – Before We Was We
  • Tucker Malarkey – Stronghold
  • Pat Marry – The Making of a Detective
  • Adrian Massey – Sick-Note Britain
  • Eva Meijer – Animal Languages
  • Azadeh Moaveni – Guest House for Young Widows
  • Charles Moore – Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography: Volume Three
  • James Morton – Super Sourdough
  • Michael Owen – Reboot
  • Philip Parker – The A to Z History of London
  • Thomas Penn – The Brothers York
  • Serhii Plokhy – Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front
  • Gordon Ramsay – Quick and Delicious
  • Andrew Ridgeley – Wham! George & Me
  • Mark Roseman – Lives Reclaimed
  • Stewart Ross – The First of Everything
  • Stephen Rutt – Wintering
  • Dominic Sandbrook – Who Dares Wins: Britain 1979-1982
  • Gerald Scarfe – Long Drawn Out Trip
  • Simon Sebag-Montefiore – Voices of History
  • Jack Shenker – Now We Have Your Attention
  • Lemn Sissay – My Name is Why
  • Nigel Slater – Greenfeast: Autumn, Winter
  • Edward Snowden – Permanent Record
  • Dean Stott – Relentless
  • Nicolai Tolstoy – Patrick O’Brien: A Very Private Life
  • Neil De Grasse Tyson –Letters from an Astrophysicist
  • Valentine Warner – The Consolation of Food
  • Jason Webster - Violencia
  • Clare Youngs – The Mindful Maker
  • By Order of the Peaky Blinders
  • Great British Bake Off: The Big Book of Amazing Cakes

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Community Language Resources

Available from Libraries:

  • Children's and Adult books
  • Newspapers and Magazines in other languages - if our collection doesn't have the particular newspaper or magazine you are looking for, try the digital newspaper reader called PressDisplay
  • Music

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

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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
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:

  • 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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Audiobooks

A variety of Spoken Word audiobooks are available at all the Milton Keynes Libraries in various formats. Audiobooks are loaned as part of the 15 items available for full library members.

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
  • eBook Downloads

Visually impaired library members can borrow audiobooks free of charge.

Fines are charged on overdue items.

Reservations can be taken 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 - 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
  • Large Print
  • Audiobooks

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Recommendations

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.

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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: 29 November 2019