What You Can Borrow
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.
- Library Charges
- Loan Periods
- Books and Reading
- Banned Books
- Recently Added Titles
- Community Language Resources
- Music Library
- New Stock Coming Soon
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 at one of our libraries.
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
- 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
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.
- Anne Baker – The Orphan’s Gift
- Brian Bilston – Diary of a Somebody
- Barbara Taylor Bradford – In the Lion’s Den
- Marc Cameron – Tom Clancy’s Code of Honour
- Robin Cook – Genesis
- Alan Furst – Under Occupation
- Catherine Isaac – Messy, Wonderful Us
- Sadie Jones – The Snakes
- Joseph Kanon – The Accomplice
- Simon Kernick – Die Alone
- Andy McNab – Whatever It Takes
- Angela Marsons – First Blood
- Sandra Newman – The Heavens
- Anne Perry – One Fatal Flaw
- Nora Roberts – The Rise of Magicks
- Danielle Steel – Spy
- Nicola Upson – Sorry for the Dead
- Val Wood – Four Sisters
- Kate Allinson – Pinch of Nom: Everyday Light
- Laura Bailey – The Modern Witch’s Guide to Happiness
- Louis Barfe – Happiness and Tears: The Ken Dodd Story
- Marcus Berkmann – Berkmann’s Cricketing Miscellany
- Rachel Brathen – To Love and Let Go
- Karsten Brensing – What Do Animals Think and Feel?
- Lee Child – The Hero
- Tony Christie – The Song Interpreter
- Jung Chang – Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister
- Sonia Choquette – Waking Up in Paris
- Frank Dikotter – How to be a Dictator
- Funmi Fetto – Palette
- Anna Fifield – The Great Successor
- Henry Firth – Bosh! Healthy Vegan
- Robbie Fowler – My Life in Football
- Tyson Fury – Behind the Mask
- Amelia Gentleman – The Windrush Betrayal
- Michael Greger – How Not to Diet
- Duncan Hamilton – The Great Romantic
- Joe Hammond – A Short History of Falling
- Thomas Harding - Legacy
- Ronald Hutton – The Triumph of the Moon
- Clive James – The River in the Sky
- Louise Kenney – Dinner’s in the Bag
- Tom Kerridge – Lose Weight and Get Fit
- Kate Kirkpatrick – Becoming Beauvoir: A Life
- Joanna & Oliver Maclennan – The Foraged Home
- Chanel Miller – Know My Name
- Jack Monroe – Vegan(ish)
- Adam Nicholson – The Making of Poetry
- Gemma Ogston – The Self-Care Cookbook
- Matt Pritchard – Dirty Vegan: Another Bite
- Carly Simon – Touched by the Sun
- Dana Thomas - Fashionopolis
- Sandi Toksvig – Between the Stops
- Dermot Turing – X, Y & Z: The Real Story of How Enigma Was Broken
- Doug Wead – Inside Trump’s White House
- Paul Wheeler – Butler on Wheels
- Clive Woodward – How to Win
- Modern Flexitarian
Available from Libraries:
- Children's and Adult books
Newspapers and Magazinesin other languages - if our collection doesn't have the particular newspaper or magazine you are looking for, try the digital newspaper reader called PressDisplay
Languages Available (by Library):
Resources can be requested at any branch including the Mobile Library.
KINGSTON LIBRARY - None
NEWPORT PAGNELL LIBRARY
OLNEY LIBRARY - None
STONY STRATFORD LIBRARY - None
WOBURN SANDS LIBRARY - None
|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.|
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 through the Community Learning Music Faculty.
- Online Library Services - Naxos Music Library - the world's largest classical music listening service.
Here are some organisations that hire out music scores:
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.
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 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.
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:
- Magazines and Newspapers in Foreign Languages
- Magazines and Newspapers available in the Reference Library
- Family History and Local Studies Magazines
- Recommend adding a Magazine to Library Stock
- Request Magazine and Newspaper Articles
- eMagazine Downloads
- Magazines available through PressReader.
Please note that we do not accept reservations for magazines.
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
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.
Thank you for your recommendation. While all suggested items will be considered we cannot guarantee that they will be added to stock.
Last Updated: 16 January 2020