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. 


  • Isabel Allende – In the Midst of Winter
  • Virginia Andrews – Shattered Memories
  • David Baldacci – End Game
  • Chris Beckett – America City
  • William Boyd – The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth
  • Barbara Taylor Bradford – Secrets of Cavendon
  • Kay Brelland – A Sister’s Bond
  • Chris Brookmyre – Places in the Darkness
  • Ken Bruen – The Ghosts of Galway
  • Lee Child – The Midnight Line
  • Mary Higgins Clark – Every Breath You Take
  • Jonathan Coe – The Broken Mirror
  • Michael Connelly – Two Kinds of Truth
  • Clive Cussler – Typhoon Fury
  • Stephen Donaldson – Seventh Decimate
  • Nadine Dorries – Christmas Angels
  • Janet Evanovich – Hardcore 24
  • Giovanna Fletcher – Some Kind of Wonderful
  • Laurie Frankel – This is How It Always is
  • Rosie Goodwin – The Little Angel
  • Elly Griffiths – The Vanishing Box
  • Alice Hoffman – The Rules of Magic
  • P D James – Sleep no More
  • Simon Kernick – The Hanged Man
  • Roberta Kray – Survivor
  • Stuart MacBride – Now We are Dead
  • Alexander McCall Smith – The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse
  • Celeste Ng – Little Fires Everywhere
  • Ronnie O’Sullivan – Double Kiss
  • Ruth Rendell – A Spot of Folly
  • Karen Rose – Edge of Darkness
  • Brandon Sanderson – Oathbriger
  • Simon Scarrow – Day of the Caesars
  • Julian Stockwin – The Baltic Prize
  • Adrian Tchaikovsky – Ironclads
  • Adrian Tchaikovsky – Dogs of War
  • L C Tyler – Fire
  • Minette Walters – The Last Hours
  • Andy Weir – Artemis
  • Val Wood – A Mother’s Choice

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  • Max Arthur – The Paras
  • Reza Aslan – God: A Human History
  • Paul Atterbury – Antiques Roadshow: 40 Years of Great Finds
  • Gordon Brown – My Life, Our Time
  • Shaun Bythell – The Diary of a Bookseller
  • Eric Cantona – My Notebook
  • Horatio Clare – Icebreaker: A Voyage Far North
  • Caroline Craig – The Little Book of Brunch
  • Susie Dent – Dent’s Modern Tribes: The Secret Languages of Britain
  • Kieron Fallon – Form: My Autobiography
  • Niall Ferguson – The Square and the Tower
  • Stephen Fry – Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold
  • Goldie – All Things Remembered
  • Hugh Gott – Hawksmoor: Restaurants and Recipes
  • Jason Grant – Modern Retro Home
  • Bear Grylls – How to Stay Alive
  • Monty Halls – Escaping Hitler
  • Jasmine Hemsley – East by West
  • Si King & Dave Myers – The Hairy Bikers’ Mediterranean Adventure
  • John Lewis_Sempel – The Secret Life of the Owl
  • Penelope Lively – Life in the Garden
  • Vera Lynn – Keep Smiling Through: My Wartime Story
  • Emmanuel Macron - Revolution
  • Armistead Maupin – Logical Family: A Memoir
  • Paul O’Grady – Country Life
  • Robert Peston – WTF
  • Philip Pullman – Daemon Voices: Essays on Storytelling
  • Ingrid Seward – My Husband and I: The Inside Story of 70 Years of the Royal Marriage
  • Fred Sirieix – Secret Service: Lifting the Lid on the Restaurant World
  • Sean Smith - George
  • Graeme Swann – The Ashes: It’s All About the Urn
  • Jenny Uglow – Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense
  • John Virgo – Say Goodnight J.V.
  • Matthew Walker – Why We Sleep
  • Mick Wall – Like a Bat Out of Hell: The Larger Than Life Story of Meat Loaf
  • Marcus Wareing – New Classics
  • Timothy West – Our Great Canal Journeys
  • Wolfgang Wild & Jordan Lloyd – The Paper Time Machine
  • Vogue Williams – Everything
  • Levison Wood – Eastern Horizons
  • Reggie Yates – Unseen: My Journey

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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: 18 December 2017