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Information for Borrowers


The Kalamazoo College Library's resources are primarily for use by current students, faculty, and staff at the College. However, the Library extends borrowing privileges to some other patrons as well. These people may check out materials in person at the Kalamazoo College Library:

  • Current Kalamazoo College faculty, staff, and students
  • Kalamazoo College alumni (maximum of three books), emeriti faculty, and trustees
  • Patrons of MeLCat participating libraries that use the MeLCat Visiting Patron Service (including current Western Michigan University students, faculty, and staff)

All borrowers must have a valid email address.

All borrowers must have either:

  • a valid identification card from Kalamazoo College (current Kalamazoo College students, staff, and faculty), OR
  • a valid identification card from a MeLCat participating library that uses the MeLCat Visiting Patron Service (WMU and other MeLCat patrons), OR
  • a valid driver's license or other picture ID (everyone else)

Area residents are welcome to consult the Library's print materials.

If you are not affiliated with one of the groups above, please borrow Kalamazoo College Library materials through MeLCat or Interlibrary Loan services from your home library.

If you have questions about whether you qualify as a borrower at the Kalamazoo College Library, please call Circulation at 269-337-7153 or email

Borrowing Books

Books from the Kalamazoo College Library's main collection may be borrowed for three weeks and are renewable. There is a three day grace period before fines are assessed. However, if the item is returned after the grace period, fines will be assessed from the original due date. Different loan policies may apply to other library collections.

Borrowing Periodicals

Back issues of periodicals may be borrowed by Kalamazoo College students, faculty, and staff for three days. There is no grace period for late return of periodicals. Current periodical issues do not circulate.