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We Appreciate Your Suggestions

Each year we add hundreds of items to our collection from your suggestions. Decisions are based using our board-approved Materials Selection Policy.

The Materials Selection Policy guides the addition of materials for the collection. Each item must meet the needs of the overall collection. Number of similar titles, intended audience, cost, date written or published, etc., are all considered. Library district residents’ requests may be given preference.

  • If we decide to add your suggestion to our collection we will automatically place a hold for you on the item to be picked up at your preferred location.
  • If we decide not to add your suggestion to our collection we will notify you and suggest alternative methods of access to the title.

Please limit your requests to no more than five per month.

If you have questions, or want to talk about a request, please contact:

Adult Nonfiction Materials and Graphic Novels - Steve Siebers, 269-553-7835
Adult Fiction Materials – Karen Santamaria, 553-7895
Children's Materials – Bill Caskey, 553-7875
Music & Movies – Ryan Gage, 553-7844
Teen Materials – Stewart Fritz, 553-7911

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Kalamazoo Public Library in-district patrons may also borrow materials easily through MeLCat, the Michigan Electronic Library Catalog. This statewide library catalog and materials sharing system now includes the collections of over 170 Michigan libraries. This service is especially helpful for older and more specialized titles. It’s easy!