Registration Policy

Policy #002

  • Effective: April 2, 1991
  • Revised: April 23, 1991
  • Revised: April 27, 1992
  • Revised: August 28, 2000
  • Revised: January 28, 2002
  • Revised: April 28, 2008
  • Revised: August 22, 2011

The Kalamazoo Public Library is a district library, supported by the taxpayers of the Kalamazoo Public Library District.

The Library will issue free one-year library cards to the following individuals, agencies and businesses:

Individuals permanently residing within the Kalamazoo Public Library District.

Schools, companies, agencies, organizations, federal, state and local governmental divisions located inside the Kalamazoo Public Library District.

Individuals and their legal dependents residing outside the Kalamazoo Public Library District who pay taxes on real estate or personal property within the Kalamazoo Public Library District.

Persons who are 65 years of age or older and reside within Kalamazoo County.

College students living in on-campus housing or off-campus housing located within the library district (Western Michigan UniversityKalamazoo CollegeKalamazoo Valley Community CollegeDavenport University, etc.).

Individuals holding valid resident borrowers cards from libraries with which the Kalamazoo Public Library has reciprocal borrowing agreements.

The library will issue a free one-month card to persons who do not have a permanent mailing address who present a letter from a social service agency stating that he/she is in contact with that agency and resides in Kalamazoo.

All other non-district residents and agencies may purchase a library card.  The annually adjusted fee for the card reflects the average per household property tax payment for library service within the Kalamazoo Public Library District.

1 year library card - full non-resident fee

  • Non -resident households.
  • Schools, companies, agencies, organizations, federal, state and local governmental divisions located outside the Kalamazoo Public Library District.

1 year library card - 1/2 non-resident fee

  • Non-resident students