Circulation and Borrowing

Service Changes

Library services may continue to change during the COVID Pandemic. See the latest Library Services Announcements for what’s offered this term. If you have circulation and borrowing questions, please email us at circulation@kzoo.edu.

Location and Contact


Photo of Hillary Berry

Hillary Berry
Circulation Supervisor

Need Help?

Connect with us! The Circulation Desk is located to the left of the library’s main entrance.

For further assistance related to circulation and borrowing, email circulation@kzoo.edu or call 269.337.7153.

For other library help see the Ask a Librarian page.

Loan Periods


Kalamazoo College Library Materials

Reference materials and current issues of periodicals are In-Library Use Only.

Kalmazoo College Students

Students

  • Books:
  • Non-seniors: 3 weeks, 2 renewals
  • Seniors: 10 weeks, 2 renewals
  • Reserve books: 2 hours, 0 renewals
  • Reserve DVDs, CDs, Videos: 4 hours, 0 renewals
  • Bound periodicals: 3 days, 1 renewal
  • CDs, DVDs: 24 hours, 1 renewal
Kalamazoo College Faculty, Staff, and Emeriti Faculty

Faculty, Staff, and Emeriti Faculty

  • Books: 6 months, 3 renewals
  • Reserve books: 2 hours, 0 renewals
  • Reserve DVDs, CDs, Videos: 4 hours, 0 renewals
  • Bound periodicals: 3 days, 1 renewal
  • CDs, DVDs: 3 weeks, 1 renewal
Alumni and Trustees

Alumni and Trustees

Books: 3 weeks, 1 renewal

No check out of AV materials, periodicals, or reserve materials.

MeLCat Visiting Patrons (including WMU)

MeLCat Visiting Patrons (including WMU)

Books: 4 weeks, 1 renewal

No check out of AV materials, periodicals, or reserve materials.

MeLCat Materials

MeLCat books: 4 weeks with 1 renewal.

MeLCat AV materials:14 days with 0 renewals.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan materials circulate and are renewed according to the policies of the lending library.

Requesting Materials in Storage


Some books and bound periodicals are shelved in storage locations and must be requested through Library OneSearch. Log in to Library OneSearch with your Kalamazoo College username and password to request storage materials. Requestable materials will display a REQUEST link.

If you have questions, please contact the Circulation Department at circulation@kzoo.edu or 269.337.7153 or Reference Department at reference@kzoo.edu or 269.337.7152.

Reserves


Students

Find materials for your classes through Course Reserves or check your instructor’s Moodle course for a list.

If you have questions, please contact your professor, or the Circulation Department at circulation@kzoo.edu or 269.337.7153.

Instructors

Instructors may use the Printable Reserve Request Form (PDF) to place items on reserve.

For guidelines for placing materials on course reserves, see Faculty Support.

Overdue and Lost Items


Important Information

You are responsible for knowing when your materials are due and for returning them on time. The Library attempts to notify borrowers of overdue materials. Failure to receive notification does not absolve borrowers of fines and fees.

  • You can see your fines for checked out items through your Library Account.
  • Fines and fees that have not been transferred to the Business Office may be paid at the Library Circulation Desk. Cash or checks are accepted at the Library.
  • Students’ library fines are transferred to the Kalamazoo College Business Office each month. Fines cannot be paid at the Library once they are transferred to the Business Office.
  • The Library may bill a faculty or staff member’s department for materials that require replacement or an amount billed by lending libraries through Interlibrary Loan or MeLCat.
  • MeLCat charges may be turned over the Business Office for student account billing or may be invoiced to a faculty or staff member’s department.

Fines

Material TypeFine RateReplacement Cost
(for items lost, damaged or more than 45 days overdue)
K College materials that circulate on a daily basisNo fine$60 maximum per item
K College recalled items that circulate on a daily basis.25 cents per day (initiated three days after the recall date)$60 maximum per item
K College materials that circulate hourly (reserve materials, CDs, DVDs, power banks, and videos)$1 per hour$60 maximum per item
Media Services, Center for New Media Design, and other department materials Set by departmentSet by department
MeLCat materials more than 21 days overdue$100.01 per item maximum
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) materials$1 per daySet by ILL lending library