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Kalamazoo College Library Materials

Current Kalamazoo College students and alumni borrowers accrue fines and may be charged replacement fees. Current Kalamazoo College faculty and staff do not accrue fines, but they may be charged replacement fees.

Fines are assessed at the following rates to encourage prompt return of overdue materials and equipment:

  • Books and periodicals: 25ยข per day
  • Reserve materials, CDs, DVDs, videos: $1.00 per hour

Fines accumulate until the item is returned, renewed, or declared lost.

Borrowing privileges are suspended if a borrower owes more than $20.00 in fines, replacement costs, or billing fees. Borrowers must pay library fines or fees in excess of $20.00 in order to reinstate borrowing privileges. Fines and fees may be paid at the Library Circulation Desk. Cash or checks are accepted.

Students' library fines are transferred to the Kalamazoo College Business Office each month. After a fine is transferred, it will appear on a student's Kalamazoo College student account and bill. After a fine is transferred, students may pay the fine at the Business Office or with a check electronically via the Kalamazoo College Portal. Fines cannot be paid at the Library once they are transferred to the Business Office.

Materials not returned within 30 days are subject to a $10.00 charge for accumulated fines and the cost of billing. When an item is more than 45 days overdue, the library will declare it as lost and bill as follows:

  • Replacement cost: $45.00 or higher, depending on the replacement cost of the item, and
  • Fines and billing fees: $15.00

The Library may bill a faculty or staff member's department for materials that require replacement.

The library attempts to notify borrowers of overdue materials. Failure to receive notification does not absolve borrowers of accrued obligations.

You can see your fines for checked out items through your Library Account.

MeLCat materials

Because MelCat items are not owned by our library and require prompt return, materials not returned after 14 days are subject to a $10 charge for accumulated fines and cost of billing.  When an item is 21 days overdue, the library will declare it lost and bill as follows:

  • Replacement cost: $45.00 or higher, depending on the replacement cost of the item, and
  • Fines and billing fees: $15.00

The Library may charge a faculty or staff member's department for the amount billed by the lending library.

You can see your fines for MeLCat items through your Library Account.

Interlibrary Loan materials

Overdue fines of $1.00 per day are applied to all interlibrary loan items. The Library may charge a faculty or staff member's department for the amount billed by the lending library.