Check the return dates for books borrowed on your library card and make online payments by logging in to your library account.

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

We offer these services free of charge and subject to availability. Email us to discuss details and make a booking. 

  • Introduction to the library and tour (1 hour)
  • Sessions or talks on customer site (1 hour)
  • Group story time at a library (30 minutes)
  • Story time/assembly on site (30 minutes)
  • Training at library (1 hour)
  • Training on site (1 hour)

COBRA small business information

Research undertaken by customers is FREE but there is a charge to print research results.

Printing charges:

  • A4 black and white - 20p per sheet
  • A4 colour - 75p per sheet
  • A3 black and white - 30p per sheet
  • A3 colour - £1.30 per sheet

Computers and printing

  • There are currently no charges for using the computers but resources are limited.
  • Computers are offered on a first come first served basis with an initial free session lasting one hour.
  • You do not need to be a member of the library to use the computers, but it is free to join the library.
  • Wi-Fi is free at all Milton Keynes libraries.

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 policy may be displayed for a fee.

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 or to consult members of the public about issues.
  • Guidelines are set out in the display policy 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 webpage.

Charges - for displaying commercial notices

  • A4/A5 size displayed for one month - £10
  • A3 size displayed for one month (where space permits) - £20

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

Family history research

Enquiries received from customers via email, phone, letter or in person that require research assistance from library staff will be charged at £7.40 per enquiry (inclusive of VAT and one page of A4 printing). Additional printing will be charged at the current rates:

  • A4 black and white - 20p per sheet
  • A4 colour - 75p per sheet
  • A3 black and white - 30p per sheet
  • A3 colour - £1.30 per sheet

Faxing

Charges are per A4 sheet:

  • Receiving - £1.20
  • Sending within the UK - £1.80
  • Sending to Europe - £2.56
  • Sending to the rest of the world - £3.10

Fax numbers:

  • Central (reference) Library - 01908 606283
  • Wolverton Library - 01908 312812

Fines on overdue items

Books and audiobooks on CD will are loaned for a 4-week period and can be renewed up to four times. We're always happy to help and answer any questions about renewals or your account if you call 01908 254050.

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

  • Adult books - 40p per day - maximum fine £10
  • Adult audiobooks - 40p per day - maximum fine £10
  • CD-Roms - 40p per day - maximum fine £10
  • Children's picture books and board books - NO FINES
  • All other children's books - 20p per day - maximum £5
  • Children's audiobooks - 20p per day - maximum £5
  • Magazines - 40p per day - maximum fine £10

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.

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

SELMS loans

To reserve items from our SELMS partner libraries there is a £3 per item non-refundable charge.

Items for sale

Some libraries offer items for sale. 

  • 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
  • Milton Keynes atlas  (2017 ed) - £6.99
  • Postcards of Milton Keynes both past and present (10p each)
  • Stationery - plastic sleeves 10p, small envelope 10p, A5 envelope 15p, A4 envelope 20p, padded envelope 25p, A4 sheet paper 10p

Laminating

Charges are per sheet:

  • A4 - £1.25
  • A3 - £1.85

Available at these libraries:

  • Bletchley Library - A4/A3
  • Central Library - A4/A3
  • Kingston Library - A4
  • Newport Pagnell Library - A4/A3
  • Olney Library - A4/A3
  • Westcroft Library - A4
  • Woburn Sands Library - A4

Library membership

Joining the library is FREE!

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 as 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.
  • Charge to replace a lost, stolen or damaged library card is £3.20.
  • 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 a replacement.
  • Your replacement card will be issued to you immediately and you can start borrowing.

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 card relating to the item.

Payment of fees and charges

Full details of how to pay fees and charges can be found on the paying library charges web page - including online payment guidance notes.

Photocopying

Photocopying charges:

  • A4 black and white - 20p per sheet
  • A4 colour - 75p per sheet
  • A3 black and white - 30p per sheet
  • A3 colour - £1.30 per sheet

Visit the Kuario webpage for instructions how to use Wi-Fi printing and copying services with Kuario.

Loan periods and rental/hire charges 

  • Books (adult and children's) - FREE up to 4 weeks
  • Magazines - FREE for 1 week
  • eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines - FREE up to 3 weeks
  • Spoken word/language sets - £2.65  for 4 weeks
  • CD-Roms - £1.50 for 2 weeks
  • Reading group sets - £10.20 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.

Reservations 

You reserve 6 items at any one time. Reservation fees are payable in advance and are non-refundable.

There is also a charge if you reserve SELMS Partnership Library loans.

  • Adult Books - £1.10 per item
  • Children's Books - FREE
  • Children's Picture Books - FREE (Maximum 8)
  • Teen/Young Adult Books - FREE
  • Books on CD - FREE
  • CD-Roms - FREE
  • Language Sets - £1.10 per item
  • SELMS Reservations - £3 per item

Please note that 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 a reservation fee for the book.

Room hire

Scanning

  • Self-service scanning - FREE plus any charge for computer access where applicable.

Milton Keynes Libraries contact information

Milton Keynes Central Library, 555 Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes MK9 3HL