Milton Keynes Central


Milton Keynes Central


Milton Keynes Central


Milton Keynes Central



Refurbishment of the foyer at Central Library was intended to modernise the area and provide an additional seating/study area, refreshment area/vending machines, new flooring, public toilets, an additional meeting room (for hire) and more appropriate self-service kiosks.

  • The heavy, permanent housing for self-service technology and the staff desk were removed.
  • Updated vending/coffee machines were added.
  • A study/meeting space was delineated using wooden flooring and power points were added.
  • Standalone self-service kiosks were installed which are less intrusive to the space and sit against a wall rather than in the middle of the room.
  • New flooring was installed (carpets/wooden) and this extended up to the half landing display area.
  • New public toilets were installed, accessible from the foyer.
  • A room directly behind the foyer was transformed into a fourth meeting room, available for hire by the public.
  • Mobile shelving units were installed to provide a variety of ‘Quick Choice’ last minute treats for borrowers.
  • A new staff pedestal was installed rather than a large desk, encouraging staff and visitors to mingle and self-serve.
  • New signage and map of the city installed for public information.
  • Improved heating system was installed to ensure the area remains warm and welcoming.



The Building

The Building

Type of library

Central/main library


2,816 m2




DLA Architects

Building contractor


The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Baby changing facilities, Cafe/refreshment areas, Exhibition/display areas, Group study spaces, Meeting rooms, Specialist subject collections, Self-service kiosks, Mobile Library, Home Library Service

External features

Central Library is a Grade II Listed Building (List entry Number: 1424282)
Details can be found on the Historic England website: (direct link to library entry: )

“Architectural interest: a commanding façade with skilful articulation of the geometric colonnade incorporating contrasting curved elements and details in rich russet brick”

Internal features

 “Interiors: subtly detailed principal spaces that are carefully arranged with the massing of spaces and ceiling heights appropriate to the activity, and on the first floor a clever integration of clerestory lighting and bespoke lighting fixtures”

“Artworks: a small but diverse collection of painting and sculpture made or installed in direct response to the library spaces, the period in time, and the new town” (Historic England)

Energy efficiency


Accessibility provision

Access: Via automated doors at the front entrance. There is a lift available to the first floor for adult lending and children's services. Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Dogs for the Disabled are welcome.
Parking: Disabled parking spaces are available at the front of the library along with pay and display parking. Parking is free after 6pm.

Interior designer


Furniture suppliers


Services and facilities suppliers

Civica - Spydus Library Management System
Bibliotheca security gates and self-service technology

IT provision

RFID, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 19

Seats/study places

Children’s Library 30+
Lending Library 70+
Foyer 21+
Reference Library 60+