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.

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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 are some 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 / Blubber / Tiger Eyes / 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 / Catching Fire / Mockingjay
  • Robert Cormier – The Chocolate War
  • Roald Dahl - The Witches / Charlie and the Chocolate Factory / Revolting Rhymes / 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 / 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 / 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) / 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 Handmaid's 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, 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, 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, Beloved
  • Vladimir Nabokov – Lolita
  • George Orwell - 1984, 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, East of Eden, 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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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

Books and Resources:

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Music/Orchestral Scores:

Here are some organisations that hire out music scores:

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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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Last Updated: 5 May 2021