Loan Guide


Your Library Card »

Your new Kalamazoo Public Library card may be used to borrow KPL books, movies, music, and other materials; to use library computers and printers; to access KPL research databases; and to download digital media at your personal computer.

Eligible residents, college students, businesses, and property owners within KPL’s district may apply for a free KPL card. You must show photo ID and proof of current address when you apply. Your KPL card must be renewed every year.

You are the only one who may use your KPL card—don’t loan it. You are responsible for all library items borrowed with your card. Report a lost, stolen, or damaged card at a checkout desk or call 553-7806. You may be charged $1 to replace your card.

Loan Periods and Fines »

Loan periods and fines vary by item type. You may return most items up to three days after the due date without a late fee. After that, a late fee will be charged for each day after the due date. No grace period applies for  DVDs or Hot Picks.

When you borrow KPL materials, you will receive a list of checkouts with their due dates. At a checkout kiosk, you may choose to print or email your checkout list.

KPL charges replacement costs for damaged or lost items. If you have $10 or more in fees or fines you may not borrow materials or use a KPL computer. Unpaid fines or charges to replace damaged or lost items may be referred to a collection agency.

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 14 days None None 5
Adult Magazines 14 days 5¢ per day $3 10
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 $5 per day $70 1 bag
DVDs 7 days 25¢ per day $5 20
CDs 14 days 10¢ per day $5 None

My Account »

Your online account shows your current checkouts, holds, overdues or fines, lets you renew items you’ve borrowed, and review your account information.

To see your account, click Log In at the top of any KPL website page. Enter your library card number without any spaces then enter your PIN (usually the last four digits of your phone number when you got your card). Click Log In. If you have trouble, ask a staff member for help or call 553-7806.

To Renew Items »

You can renew most materials if they have not been reserved by another library user. Hot Picks may not be reserved or renewed. After logging in, click the Checkouts tab to see your current checkouts. Check those you wish to renew then click Renew. Not online? Call 553-7806 or ask a staff member for help.

To Reserve Items »

After logging in, search for what you want in the catalog. When the item list appears, click Place Hold next to the item you want. If you want multiple items in a list, check the box next to each title, then choose Place Hold(s) from the Select an Action dropdown box. Confirm Pickup Library at the next screen and Place Hold(s). You may have up to 25 items on hold at one time.

My Lists

You can easily create lists of books, movies or music that you have borrowed or wish to check out in the library catalog. Log In to your account at the top of KPL webpage then click My Lists. Click + to create a list, then search the catalog for items to put on your list. Use the Select an Action box to add items to a list.

To Suggest an Item »

If you can’t find an item, you may suggest that KPL purchase it. Click Contact on KPL’s website, then click Suggest an Item. You may also recommend an item by phone, 553-7801, or when you visit the library. Selection librarians will consider your suggestion. You will be notified when items become available.

KPL Notices

Get notices about your reserved or overdue items by email or texting. Just give your email address or phone number to a staff member the next time you visit the library. You may also email this message to I give KPL permission to send me notices and news by email or texting. Please include your card ID number and phone number. Questions? Call 553-7806.

Reciprocal Libraries

You may also borrow items from many area libraries by applying for a reciprocal card at a participating library with your KPL card. See the list of libraries on the Resident or Reciprocal bookmark. Nonresidents who have a valid card from a participating library may get a reciprocal KPL card at no cost. Some services* are not available to reciprocal borrowers (see the list below). Nonresidents may choose to pay an annual fee for a KPL card with full resident privileges. Learn more

MeL Loans*

If KPL doesn’t own an item that you want, you may be able to borrow it from one of almost 400 libraries across the state through MeL, the Michigan Electronic Library. Click MeLCat on KPL’s website to search MeL’s catalog. Learn more

Author Alerts*

Be notified by email or text message when the library orders new titles by your favorite authors or performers! Learn more


Can’t wait to read that new book or watch that new DVD? Browse the Hot Picks shelves for the hottest books and movies on a first-come, first-served basis. It may be your lucky day! Learn more

Book Club in a Bag*

One stop shopping for book discussion groups. A Book Club in a Bag features ten copies of a single title, plus a printer-ready Reading Group Guide. Learn more

*Services for KPL district residents only!