Re-Opening Libraries

We continue to work towards re-opening Milton Keynes Libraries and thank you for your patience during the closures.
Central Library continues to be used as a Rapid Test Centre and more information can be found about this service on the council's Rapid Testing in MK web page

Stony Stratford Library is temporarily closed for refurbishment until later in the year.
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Which Libraries are open?

All libraries (except Stony Stratford Library) are now open.

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What are the opening times?

Libraries are open to visitors and for the Click and Collect service during these hours:

Bletchley, Kingston, Newport Pagnell, Westcroft and Wolverton Libraries 

  • Tuesday ~ 10-4.30
  • Wednesday ~ 10-4.30
  • Thursday ~ 10-4.30
  • Friday ~ 10-4.30
  • Saturday ~ 10-12.30

Central Library

  • Monday ~ 9-5.30
  • Tuesday ~ 9-5.30
  • Wednesday ~ 9-5.30
  • Thursday ~ 9-5.30
  • Friday ~ 9-5.30
  • Saturday ~ 9-4.30

Olney Library

  • Wednesday ~ 10-1
  • Friday ~ 1-4.30
  • Saturday ~ 10-12.30

Woburn Sands Library

Stony Stratford Library is temporarily closed for refurbishment until later in the year.
  • Tuesday ~ 10-1
  • Thursday ~ 1-4.30
  • Saturday ~ 10-12.30

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How long can I stay?

We are not imposing a time limit for visitors but ask that you move through the library as quickly as possible.

When you enter the building, please provide contact details to assist with NHS Test and Trace or to scan the QR code.

  • Where possible we ask that you visit the library alone.
  • Please do not visit if you feel unwell or are self-isolating.
  • We ask that you keep browsing time to a minimum.

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What services are available?

You can:

  • Return books using the self-service kiosks – books can be returned to any of the open libraries
  • Browse for books following social distancing and directional guidance (although we would encourage you to browse online prior to your visit)
  • Borrow books using the self-service kiosks
  • Collect reservations (see additional information below)
  • Pay fines and charges
  • Join the library (we encourage you to join online before your visit to speed up the process)
  • Make online reservations for up to 6 items (see additional information below)
  • Request laminating
  • Collect books ordered through the Click and Collect service
  • There are limited study spaces at Central Library and Bletchley Library ONLY (on a first come, first served basis)
  • There are a limited number of computers for use at Central Library, Bletchley Library and Wolverton Library
  • Print and photocopy using WiFi from your own devices at Kingston Library, Wolverton Library, Olney Library and Woburn Sands Library. Visit the web page for more information about WiFi printing and photocopying with Kuario.

Staff will be available to help with any queries, but please remember to maintain social distancing.

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Are there any computers available?

There are a limited number of computers available for public use at Central Library, Bletchley Library and Wolverton Library on a first come, first served basis. Sessions are allocated for one hour and can be extended (if there are no customers waiting) for the usual charge of £1.30 per 30 minutes. There are no charges for the first hour.

Please bring your library card with you and log into the computers using your card number and PIN. If you are not a library member you can still use the computers but will need to bring some ID with you and speak with a member of staff who will log you in.

Printing is available and is chargeable at 20p per black and white A4 sheet and 75p per colour A4 sheet. A3 printing through the public pcs is only available at Wolverton Library.

Please note that you are required to wipe down your workspace after use (cleaning products are supplied).

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Can I print from my own device?

We now offer self-service WiFi printing and photocopying with Kuario at these libraries:

  • Kingston Library
  • Olney Library
  • Woburn Sands Library
  • Wolverton Library
WiFi printing and photocopying are NOT currently available at Central Library or Bletchley Library although printing is available when you use the public computers. There are currently NO printing or photocopying services at Newport Pagnell Library or Westcroft Library.

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Where can I use a photocopier?

We now offer self-service WiFi printing and photocopying with Kuario at these libraries:

  • Kingston Library
  • Olney Library
  • Woburn Sands Library
  • Wolverton Library
Photocopying is NOT currently available at Central Library, Bletchley Library, Westcroft Library or Newport Pagnell Library.

Please note that the photocopying service closes 15 minutes before the advertised library closing time.

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How much does it cost to photocopy or print?

Photocopying and printing charges are the same:

  • 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

A3 printing and photocopying is only available at libraries offering WiFi printing; these are currently:

  • Kingston Library
  • Olney Library
  • Woburn Sands Library
  • Wolverton Library

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Is WiFi available?

WiFi is available at all libraries during the opening hours. Please note that WiFi will close down 15 minutes before each library's advertised closing time.

Are there any study spaces available?

There are a limited number of study spaces now available at Central Library on a first come, first serve basis. Tables and chairs are separated to maintain social distancing and furniture should not be moved. Group studying is not permitted for safety reasons.

Please note that you are required to wipe down your workspace after use (cleaning products are supplied).

Is the Reference Library open?

The Reference Library at Central Library remains closed at this time. 

If you require reference material or have an enquiry that requires microfiche, maps, and other reference resources, please speak with a member of staff or email library.enquiries@milton-keynes.gov.uk.

There are no newspapers or magazines to read at Central Library but electronic editions are available to all library members using the PressReader app.

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What is the Click and Collect Service?

With the Click and Collect service, library members can reserve books online or request a 'Pick and Mix' selection and collect them from any of the Milton Keynes Libraries (except Stony Stratford) during the designated times.

We are no longer providing bags, so please bring a bag with you when you come to collect your books.

Are any activities taking place?

There are no activities currently being held at any of the open libraries - including Storytimes, Children's Hours or clubs.

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Reservations

You can currently reserve up to 6 items online and you will be contacted by email/letter when your reservation is ready for collection.

SELMS reservations are also available for a £3 charge.

If you have any queries about your reservation and/or collection, we'll be happy to help at the following libraries:

  • Bletchley Library - 01908 372797
  • Central Library - 01908 254050
  • Kingston Library - 01908 282720
  • Newport Pagnell Library - 01908 610933
  • Olney Library - 01234 711474
  • Westcroft Library - 01908 990780
  • Woburn Sands Library - 01908 582033
  • Wolverton Library - 01908 312812

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What is not available?

The following services are unavailable:

  • Computers (except at Central Library)
  • Seating and study areas (except at Central Library)
  • Printing is only available at Central Library
  • Photocopying and fax services
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • The public toilets are closed

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What changes have you made?

When you visit the library, you will notice some changes to ensure the safety of visitors and staff.

  • HAND SANITISER is available and should be used by everyone entering the library.
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING should be observed throughout your stay.
  • DIRECTIONAL SIGNS may indicate one-way routes.
  • LIMITED VISITOR NUMBERS will be operating, and you may be asked to wait outside.
  • FACE COVERINGS must be worn while in the library (Please respect hidden disabilities. Not everyone can wear a mask.)
  • NHS TEST AND TRACE contact details will be recorded.
  • PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) – face masks/gloves may be used by staff and screens/markings have been installed around the buildings.
Image showing the Covid-19 changes we have made at the Milton Keynes Libraries  that are re-opening. All information shown is also contained in the text on this page.

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Is it safe?

We have worked hard to ensure the safety of both visitors and staff in all the libraries. We appreciate your patience and encourage you to follow the recommended guidelines.

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When will other services be offered?

As Covid restrictions continue to lift, we will constantly review the situation and consider extending the services on offer when they can operate safely.

Is Libraries Xtra available?

The Libraries Xtra service at Kingston Library and Westcroft Library remains closed at this time.

Are you accepting book donations?

We are happy to receive donations of any books that were published in 2020/21 and are in good condition. This is a great opportunity to share your love of reading. Drop your donations at any of the open libraries. Thank you!

We are also happy to receive donations of new books. Visit the library donations web page for more information.

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NHS Test and Trace

The NHS Test and Trace service is a key part of the country’s ongoing COVID-19 response and is run by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). It includes dedicated contact tracing staff working at national level under the supervision of Public Health England and local public health experts.

There are NHS QR codes at all libraries for use with the NHS Test and Trace app. If you do not want to use the QR code, there are stations to leave your contact information.

This information will be handled securely in accordance with GDPR to protect your privacy and only shared with DHSC upon request. It will be kept for 21 days and then deleted.

Full details about NHS Test and Trace can be found on the GOV.UK website.

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Last Updated: 21 June 2021