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Reciprocal Libraries

Kalamazoo Public Library extends borrowing privileges to residents of area communities that fund their libraries with at least one mill of tax support. Residents of these communities must show photo ID verifying their current home address and a current card from their community library to receive a KPL reciprocal card.

Please note: Downloadable titles are available to KPL Resident Area borrowers only.

Libraries with reciprocal borrowing privileges include:


Some cardholders from reciprocal libraries may not be eligible for a KPL card depending on their residence. These restrictions are applied by their community library.

Reciprocal cardholders may not be able to access some of KPL’s subscription databases from their personal computer. Some KPL services are available only to resident cardholders, including Hot Picks and Book Club in a Bag. Reciprocal cardholders may have only three items on hold as of September 15, 2009.

Persons that do not live in the Kalamazoo Public Library district, including those from reciprocal libraries, may choose to pay an annual fee for a KPL card with full privileges. The fee covers all members of a family in one household. It may be paid at any time during the year then renewed at the new annual rate at the end of twelve months.

Western Michigan University Libraries

Persons living within a 50-mile radius of Western Michigan University and at least 18 years of age are eligible to borrow library materials from Western Michigan University Libraries as a guest. This includes all patrons within the Kalamazoo Public Library district.