Registration Policy

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

Resident Card 

The Library will issue three-year library cards without charge to the following individuals, agencies and businesses:

Individuals permanently residing within the Kalamazoo Public Library District; categories of individuals are as follows:

  • Adults, age 18 and up.
  • Youth, age birth through 17.
  • And:
  • Kalamazoo Public Schools students (OneCard).
  • Kalamazoo Public Schools employees and contracted employees (OneCard). 

Schools, companies, agencies, organizations, federal, state and local governmental divisions located inside the Kalamazoo Public Library District are eligible for an agency card for organizational use only.

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.

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.).

Temporary Card

The Library will issue a temporary 90-day card without charge to individuals who are residing in the Kalamazoo Public Library District and are temporarily unable to provide a permanent mailing address.

Reciprocal Card

The library will issue three-year reciprocal library cards without charge to the following individuals:

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

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

Non-Resident Cards

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
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Policy effective April 2, 1991
Revisions adopted April 23, 1991; April 27, 1992; August 28, 2000; January 28, 2002; April 28, 2008; August 22, 2011; July 27, 2015; August 28, 2017; July 23, 2018