Library Charges

Details of loan periods for books, audiobooks and magazines and the charges, fines and fees for services and items can all be found here.
Books issued at Central Library have now been renewed until 30 June 2021. You can check the return dates for books borrowed on your library card by logging in to My Library to see your library account.

Log in to My Library to make online payments

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Remember that it's free to borrow eBooks, eMagazines and eAudiobooks and there is no risk of overdue charges as items are returned automatically.

Additional Services to External Organisations

Service Charge

Introduction to the Library and Tour (1 Hour)

Same Booking: per additional visit



Sessions/Talks on customer site (1 Hour)

Same Booking: per additional hour



Storytime at Library (30 Minutes)

Storytime/Assembly on site (30 Minutes)



Training at Library (1 Hour)

Training on site (1 Hour)

Same Booking: per additional hour

£45 + VAT (£54)

£55 + VAT (£66)

£15 + VAT (£18)

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COBRA Small Business Information

Service Charge
Research undertaken by customer FREE
20p per A4 sheet (Black & White) to print research results.

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Computers and Printing

Service Detail Charge
ICT Access -
MK Library Members and SELMS Partner Library Members

First 30 min session each day

Subsequent 30 min session on same day



ICT Access -
Non Members
First 30 min session each day
Subsequent 30 min session on same day

Printing from PCs
(per page)

A4 Black & White
A4 Colour

A3 Black & White
A3 Colour



WiFi is free at all Milton Keynes Libraries.

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Display and Exhibition Space

Libraries are the perfect place for publicising community displays, events and services.

Posters and Leaflets

All Libraries in Milton Keynes can, at their discretion, display posters and leaflets about local community events and leisure activities. There is no charge for this service.

Commercial notices which fall within the general display guidelines (PDF, 298KB) may be displayed for a fee.

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Exhibitions, Larger Displays and Public Consultations

Libraries welcome approaches from Council departments, public services, local organisations, community groups, societies and individuals who wish to stage exhibitions to promote their services, activities, artwork, etc or to consult members of the public about issues.

Guidelines are set out in the display policy (PDF, 298KB) and there may be charges for this type of use. Details of current prices for hiring Library spaces can be found on the Room Hire page.

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Charges - For Displaying Commercial Notices

Service Charge
A4/A5 size displayed for one month £10 per month
A3 size displayed for one month
(where space permits)
£20 per month

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Please contact the relevant library about displaying posters or complete the online form to enquire about hiring library space.

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Family History Research

Service Charge

Enquiries received from customers via email, phone, letter or in person requiring research assistance from Library staff 

£7.40 per enquiry inclusive of VAT and 1 page of A4 printing

20p for each additional A4 printed page

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Charges given are per A4 page.

Service Charge
Fax - Receiving £1.20
Fax - Sending within UK £1.80
Fax - Sending to Europe £2.56
Fax - Sending to the rest of the World £3.10

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Fines on Overdue Items

If you do not return your items on time, or renew them before the due date, we will ask you to pay the following fines. 

A charge is also made for sending overdue reminders and any other costs incurred. There is no charge for days when libraries are closed.

Fines may be avoided by renewing items. You can renew an item up to 4 times before it needs to be taken to a library. There are several reasons why you may not be able to renew an item and you can find full details on the Renew and Reserve web page.

If you have any problems with online renewals, please contact any of the Milton Keynes Libraries as soon as possible to avoid further charges.

Service Fine per day Maximum Fine
Adult Books 30p £7.50
Adult Audiobooks 30p £7.50
CD-Roms 30p £7.50
Children's Picture Books & Board Books No fines charged No fines charged
All other Children's Books 10p £2.50
Children's Audiobooks 10p £2.50
Magazines 30p £7.50

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Service Charge
Reserve Items from Partnership Libraries SELMS £3 per item, non-refundable

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Items for Sale

As part of the service, we also offer items for sale but please note that not all libraries sell the full range. 

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  • Milton Keynes Libraries Pens - 50p
  • Books about the local area are on sale in the Local Studies desk at Central Library
  • Books and Magazines (withdrawn from stock)
  • Headphones - £2
  • Magnifying Sheets A4 size - 50p
  • Map - MK City Atlas - £6.99
  • Postcards of Milton Keynes both past and present (10p each)
  • Boyd and Evans Postcard of Fiction, Non-Fiction and Reference (50p)
  • Stationery - basic supplies (like envelopes and plastic wallets)

Watch out for details of library sales on our What's On page and posters in libraries.

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Size Charge
A4 £1.20 per page
(Bletchley and Central Libraries only)
£1.80 per page

Library Membership

Joining the library is FREE!

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Lost, Stolen or Damaged Library Card

Until you notify the library that your card is missing, any items borrowed on your card remain your responsibility.

You can email us to report your library card lost. Please provide your name, address and postcode. At the earliest point, the card will be marked as 'Reported Lost' until you next visit a library with relevant ID and choose to either reinstate or replace your card.

Service Charge
Replacement charge for lost, stolen* or damaged library card £3 per card

* If your card has been stolen and reported to the police, you can present your Police Crime Number to Library staff and there will be no charge for the replacement.

Your replacement card will be issued to you immediately and you can start borrowing.

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Lost, Stolen or Damaged Library Items

If items are lost, stolen or damaged you will be required to pay the full replacement cost of the item. You will also need to pay any outstanding fees and fines that may be on your library membership card relating to the item.

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Payment of Fees and Charges

We accept cash at all Milton Keynes Libraries but do not currently process credit/debit card transaction or electronic refunds.

Cash payments can also be made at the new self-service kiosks at all libraries. The kiosks take coins as well as £5/£10 notes and give change.

You can pay Online by credit/debit card and you will need to Log in to My Library with your library card and PIN to do this.

Online Payment of Library Fines and Charges

To pay fines and charges online, you need to Log in to My Library using your library card number and library PIN.

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

Remember there are various reasons why you may not be able to renew items.

Your library account will show a link to your outstanding fines and charges and show a breakdown of the outstanding total. You can then select the items you'd like 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 also be asked to enter that information.

Once you have confirmed your payment you can 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 Notes (PDF, 321KB).

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Service Charge
A4 Black & White 20p per copy
A3 Black & White 30p per copy
A4 Colour 75p per copy
A3 Colour £1.20 per copy

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Loan Periods and Rental/Hire Charges 

Item Charge
Books - Adult and Children FREE up to 3 weeks
Magazines FREE for 1 week
eBooks, eAudiobooks FREE up to 3 weeks
eMagazines FREE
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Spoken Word /Language Sets £2.55 for 3 weeks
CD-Roms £1.50 for 2 weeks
Reading Group Sets £10 for 6 weeks

Library members with disabilities which prevent them from reading or using a book, may be exempt from some hire charges. The Library will need to see a registration card or supporting letter from a doctor.

You can renew an item up to 4 times before it needs to be taken to a library. There are several reasons why you may not be able to renew an item and you can find full details on the Renew and Reserve web page).

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Please note that reservation fees are payable in advance and are not refundable.

# The reservation charge relates to the classification of the library item and not to the age of the library member. For example, an adult book reserved by a holder of a teen library card would have to pay the reservation fee for the book.

Item Charge
Adult Books # £1 per item
Books on CD FREE
Children's Books # FREE
Children's Picture Books FREE (Maximum 8)
Teen Books # FREE
Language Sets £1 per item
SELMS Reservations £3 per item

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Service Charge

Scanning - Self Service

Scanning - Staff Assisted

FREE + computer access charge where applicable

£1 per page + computer access charge where applicable

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Last Updated: 6 May 2021