eLibrary

We offer a Virtual Library using a number of online services which can be accessed in a variety of ways, some using your library membership details.

Central Library will be closed for essential building works from Monday, 11 December to Friday, 22 December (reopening on Saturday, 23 December). We're sorry for the inconvenience.

Accessible at Libraries and Your Home Computer with your Milton Keynes Libraries Card:

 
Direct Access/Login: Further Information:
eBooks eBooks

PressDisplay

PressDisplay - Digital Newspapers
TheoryTestPro Driving Theory Test Revision
RB Digital eAudio Books

Junior

Student 

Adult

Encyclopaedia Britannica 
IELTS International English Language Testing System - IELTS
Issues Login Issues Online
Law & Rights Law & Rights
My Library Library account information
Naxos Naxos Music Library
Oxford Bibliographies Oxford Bibliographies
My Library Pay Library Fines and Charges Online
My Library Renew Items on your Library Card Online
My Library Reserve Items Online
Times Digital Archive Times Digital Archive

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Accessible in Milton Keynes Libraries:

 
Direct Access/Login: Further Information:
Access to Research Website Access to Research
Ancestry Ancestry
Find My Past Find My Past
Which Online Which? Extra Reports

Only Available at Milton Keynes Central Library: 

 
Direct Access/Login: Further Information:
Ask a member of staff to log you in. COBRA
Ask a member of staff to log you in. MINT UK

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Accessible from any PC (No Library Card Required):

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PressDisplay - Digital Newspapers

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You can now access complete digital newspapers in the Library or at home (with your Library card details) through PressDisplay.  

You need to enter your Library Card Membership Number (including the B) when prompted for your library barcode  (for example B769395476. Note that some numbers end with an X and you should include this too).

Popular publications from the UK and all around the world are now available 24/7 and in 60 languages.  There are dedicated Apple and Android apps for accessing PressDisplay on the move.

You can download the Library PressDisplay User Guide (PDF, 844KB) for guidance.

You can also listen to articles in the language of your choice by using the PressReader App.

Driving Theory Test Revision

Revise for your Driving Theory Test at work, home or in the Library.

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You can practice answering over 1000 questions from the theory test question bank and prepare for the new hazard perception test using the DSA sample video clips.

When you access the theory test revision site from home for the first time, you will be asked to sign up.  You will need to have an email address and password which will allow you to return to the site to continue your training or view your scores.

You will also need to enter your library card number (for example  B769395476. Note that some numbers end with an X and you should include this too) and answer a few simple questions to complete your registration.  You will need to join the library before you can use this service.

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Encyclopaedia Britannica

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Encyclopaedia Britannica delivers reliable information fast.  You have access to three site in one: children, Young Adults, and the Reference Centre for older students and adults.

To access Encyclopaedia Britannica from your home computer you will need to enter your Library Card Membership Number (including the B) when prompted for your library number (for example  B769395476. Note that some numbers end with an X and you should include this too).

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IELTS

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IELTS is the International English Language Testing System - the world’s proven English language test.

IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL) and IDP: IELTS Australia through more than 800 test centres and locations in over 130 countries.

Practical Writing helps library members who would like to improve their written English communication skills, and work on skills necessary for standardised English tests. Find videos and more information on the website.

You can now access IELTS online in all Milton Keynes Libraries and from your computer at home.  You need to enter your Library Card Membership Number (including the B) when prompted for your library barcode  (for example B769395476. Note that some numbers end with an X and you should include this too).

If you are not a member of the library you can still access IELTS on the computers at libraries in Milton Keynes - just ask library staff to log you on.

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Issues Online

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Milton Keynes Libraries users can now search Issues Online for free.

Issues Online is the UK's first comprehensive reference source with articles addressing contemporary social issues including rights and discrimination, drugs, crime and the environment.

Issues Online provides a wide range of information including articles with news and views on each topic, key facts and key statistics, lobby group links, newspaper archives, reference sites, research guides and glossaries, making it a very useful tool for school projects and general interest with more than sixty topics to choose from. 

To access Issues Online you will need to enter your library card number (including the B) when asked for your library barcode  (for example B769395476. Note that some numbers end with an X and you should include this too).

If you are not a member of the library you can still access Issues Online on the computers at libraries in Milton Keynes - just ask library staff to log you on.

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Law & Rights

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Relevant and updated daily, the Law&Rights website is a complete legal resource for anyone with a question about the rights and responsibilities associated with living, working or engaging in life in Britain.

It is a summary of UK legislation; a searchable and fully tagged online hub of summaries of British legislation for library authorities, universities, further education colleges and legal advisors across Britain, delivered in a simple and meaningful way. There is an entire category dedicated to Brexit.

To use Law&Rights you will be taken to the login page. Choose 'Milton Keynes Libraries' from the list and enter the number on your library card (the letter B followed by nine digits) in the box (for example B769395476). Note that some numbers end with an X and you should include this too.

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Naxos Music Library

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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 (for example B769395476. Note that some numbers end with an X and you should include this too).

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

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.

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Online Payment of Library Fines and Charges

You can now pay library fines and charges online by debit or credit card. To pay charges online, you need to Log in to My Library using your library card number and PIN .

If any items on your card are already overdue you will need to renew these before you can pay the outstanding charge in full.

Remember there are various reasons that may prevent you from being able to renew items and these are detailed on the renewals page.

Your library account will show a link to your outstanding fines and charges. By clicking on this link, you can see how the outstanding total is made up.  From here, you can select the items you want to pay and click Pay Online.

When making your payment please remember to enter your debit/credit card number with no spaces and your name exactly as it appears on the card.

If you have registered for Verified by Visa or Secure Code you will be asked to enter that information as well.

Once you have confirmed your payment you will be able to print your page as a receipt giving you full details including a receipt number.

If you need further information, please read our detailed Online Payments Guidance (PDF, 2.9MB).

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Oxford Bibliographies

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Oxford Bibliographies provides reliable resources for a variety of academic topics. Every article in the database is an authoritative guide to the current scholarship, written and reviewed by academic experts, with original commentary and annotations.

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Times Digital Archive

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The Times Digital Archive contains the full text of the Times newspaper from the very first issue in 1785 up to 2007. As well as news articles, this includes advertisements, book reviews, obituaries, law reports and letters.

To access the archive, enter the letter B and the numbers on your library card when asked for your library barcode (for example  B769395476. Note that some numbers end with an X and you should include this too).

If you are not a member of the library you can still access Times Digital Archive on the computers at libraries in Milton Keynes - just ask library staff to log you on.

You can search by keyword for a particular article or browse through issues by date.

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

Issues of the Times up to 2006 can be viewed on microfilm in the Reference Library at Milton Keynes Central Library.

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Access to Research

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Milton Keynes Libraries now offers Access to Research which gives you free access to over 1.5 million academic articles.  

You can get in-depth information on topics including: art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences.

This is an ideal resource for small businesses, researchers and students.

Ancestry

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    Milton Keynes Libraries offers free access to the full Ancestry website.
  • This website provides fully searchable access to all English and Welsh censuses from 1841 to 1911.
  • Access to the Ancestry website is free in Milton Keynes Libraries but there is a charge for printing.

For full details visit the UK Census page.

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Which? Extra Reports

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Which? Extra Online is now available in all Milton Keynes Libraries and can be accessed from any PC within the libraries.  Access is with a username and password so you will need to visit one of our libraries and ask a member of staff to log you onto a computer.

Single copies of reports and factsheets may be printed or downloaded for personal, non-commercial use.

Paper copies of Which? magazines are only available at Bletchley and Milton Keynes Central Libraries.

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Find My Past

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Now includes access to the 1939 Register!

  • The 1911 census is a record of everyone living in England and Wales in 1911. It provides a unique snapshot of the lives of your ancestors.
  • This database can be searched for FREE at all Milton Keynes Libraries using the Find My Past or Ancestry websites.
  • From your home computer you can only access the 1911 census by using the PayAsYouGo website or by subscribing to Find My Past.
  • Credits can either be purchased online or with vouchers purchased from the  Milton Keynes Family History Library.

For full details visit the UK Census page.

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Last Updated: 20 November 2017