Your Library Card Guide


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Your library card may be used to borrow materials, use library computers, access databases, download and stream digital content, reserve meeting rooms, and more.

You are the only one who may use your KPL library card. Cards are not transferrable nor are they to be used by family members or friends. You are responsible for all items borrowed with your card. To report a lost or stolen card, please contact the library at 269-553-7800.

Library cards must be renewed each year. Any fines outstanding must be paid in full in order to renew the library card. Replacement cards are $1.00.

Loan Periods and Fines »

Loan periods and fines vary by item type. Due dates will be listed on the email or print receipt you receive when checking out. You can also see your check outs and due dates in your account at (click the login link at the top of any page). Use your library card number (no spaces between numbers) and your PIN (which
is typically the last four digits of your phone number).

Loan periods and check out limits vary for different materials. Hot Picks may not be renewed.



Loan Period


Late Fee


Maximum Fee



Kids’ Books 21 days None None None
Teen Books 21 days None None None
Adult Books 21 days 10¢ per day $5 None
Youth Magazines 21 days None None None
Adult Magazines 21 days 5¢ per day $3 None
Hot Picks Books 14 days $1 per day $5 2
Hot Picks DVDs 3 days $1 per day $5 3
Audiobooks 21 days 10¢ per day $5 None
Book Club in a Bag 8 weeks 10¢ per day $5 2 bags
DVDs 7 days 25¢ per day $5 20
CDs 14 days 10¢ per day $5 None


Most materials can be renewed up to 99 times. Hot Picks and items with holds cannot be renewed. To renew, go to your account online, call us, use the KPL app, or use the checkout kiosks. If items cannot be renewed, they will continue to be due on the original date and will accrue fines.

Lost/Replacement Charges

The library charges replacement costs and processing fees for damaged or lost items. Items not returned after 45 days will be assumed lost and replacement costs will be automatically applied to your account. If items are returned after that time, replacements costs will be removed and maximum overdue charges will apply.

Overdue Accounts

If you have $10 or more in late fees/fines, you will not be allowed to check out materials but will still have computer access. Accounts may be referred to a collection agency for unpaid fines and unreturned materials. A $10 non-refundable fee will be assessed to your account in this case. The account must be paid in full before library card privileges can be reinstated.

Preventing Fines

Here are some tips for avoiding library fines:

  • Track your library account online
  • Return or renew items by the due date
  • Add an email address to your account
  • Make sure the library has your updated, current contact information
  • Protect your library card: notify us immediately if it is lost or stolen and do not loan it or materials you checked out to anyone

Paying Fines

If you do accrue fines, it is easy to pay them online. You can also add money to your print account this way. Fines/fees may also be paid at any library location at the circulation desk or check out kiosk.

Reserve an Item (Holds)

Most items (including things on order) can be placed on hold using our online catalog or by speaking with a library staff member. You will receive a notification by phone, email or text when your hold becomes available. (NOTE: availability showing in your account does not always mean the hold is actually available for pick-up; it may be in process). Items will be held for 7 days. Resident library card holders may have up to 50 holds; reciprocal borrowers are allowed 3 holds.


Notices will be sent for overdue KPL items and holds. You may choose to receive these notices via phone, text, or email. If choosing email, you will also receive courtesy notices reminding you of when items are coming due. Notices are not sent for outstanding fines or unreturned materials.

Returning Materials

Library materials may be returned to any KPL location regardless of where they were checked out. Return slots are located both inside and outside all locations. Exterior boxes are available 24/7. Returned materials will be credited for check in the same business day they are received, although it may take up to 48 hours before returned items are reflected on your library account. Items returned through Central Library’s interior SmartDrops are checked in immediately.


Michican eLibrary (MeL) logo

If KPL doesn’t own an item that you want, you may be able to borrow it from one of the many public, school, special, or academic libraries throughout Michigan. The Michigan Electronic Library Catalog (MeLCat) offers loaning of material (books, DVDs, CDs and more) for our resident borrowers. Loan periods for these items are determined by MeL policies; renewals may not be available. Notifications are sent only via email. Learn more...

Author Alerts

Be notified by email or text message when the Library orders new titles by your favorite authors or performers (actors, musicians). Learn more...

Hot Picks

Hot Picks are high demand books and movies that are circulated frequently to ensure the best availability. Look for the displays at branches and near the circulation desk at Central Library. Hot Picks have a shortened loan period, are not renewable, have $1/day late fee, and are available to resident borrowers only.

Book Club in a Bag

Ten copies of the same book in one easy-to-carry bag. Reading Group Guides for each title available online. This collection of available Book Club in a Bag sets is located on the first floor of Central Library. Learn more about current titles and borrowing guidelines.

Digital and Online Services

KPL resident cardholders have access to downloadable and streaming content including ebooks, eaudiobooks, music, movies, emagazines, and language learning. Collections include materials for adults, children, and teens.
Learn more...


Unique information and content, often not available elsewhere online including topics related to genealogy and ancestry, books and authors, health and wellness, job and career resources, test prep, car repair, and more. Learn more...