Community language resources

Available from libraries

  • Children's and adult books in languages other than English.
  • Newspapers in other languages. If our collection doesn't have the particular newspaper you're looking for, try the digital newspaper reader called PressReader.

Languages available

Resources can be requested at any branch, but these adult collections are held at the following libraries:

Bletchley Library

Bengali Chinese French
German Gujarati Hindi
Marathi Panjabi Polish
Spanish Urdu  

Central Library

Arabic Bengali Chinese
French German Gujarati
Hindi Italian Japanese
Marathi Panjabi Polish
Russian Spanish Tamil
Telegu Urdu  

Children's books

Children's books are free to reserve and can be directed to any of our libraries for collection. If you need help to find any books, please ask a member of staff.

The catalogue holds children's books in the languages listed above plus the following:

Czech Farsi Hungarian
Korean Malay Portuguese
Turkish Romanian Slovakian
Somali Swahili Swedish
Telugu Ukrainian  

Learning English as a second language (ESOL)

Help from your local library

You need to be a library member to borrow books and resources. It's free to join the library.

  • We have books to help you learn English.
  • Library members can download free eAudiobooks, eBooks and eMagazines.
  • We have books in several languages other than English at some of our libraries.
  • Library members can access digital newspapers and magazines from the UK and all around the world with PressReader. You can also read them in 60 other languages! Use the PressReader app to listen to articles in the language you choose.
  • Community Learning MK (CLMK) provides courses for learners who speak English as a second or additional language.
  • We run an informal English conversation club at Central Library.
  • You can access IELTS online - the International English Language Testing System - the world's proven English language test. 

Useful websites

Other resources you may find useful

  • Digital newspapers / PressReader - 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.
  • IELTS - International English Language Testing System - revise online with access through your library membership.

Milton Keynes City Council Libraries contact information

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