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Borrowing and Renewing Materials

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The Kent District Library circulates a wide variety of materials, from books and movies to popular music CDs and video games — with no rental fees! Read below for additional information regarding our policies.

Lending materials

3-week checkout

  • Books and audiobooks
  • TV series and informational DVDs
  • Music CDs
  • Video games
  • eBooks and eAudiobooks
  • eComics via hoopla

1-week checkout

  • Major motion picture DVDs
  • Children’s DVDs
  • Magazines
  • Music albums via hoopla
  • TV episodes via hoopla

3-day checkout

  • Movies via hoopla

Indefinitely

  • eMagazines downloaded from RBdigital
  • DRM-free MP3 music downloaded from Freegal

Overdue fines

Beginning June 1, 2019, late fines are no longer charged for library materials that are returned past their due date. For more information, read our press release.

When an item is 35 days overdue, a replacement fee will be issued. The fee will be waived if the item is returned. Patrons will be charged for damaged items.

We are happy to accept payment at any library branch or online.

If your fines and/or bills exceed $20, we ask that you make a payment of any amount that leaves your balance less than $20. After that, you will have the opportunity to check out library items again. If you feel as if you have been charged in error, please let us know.

The best way to keep track of when your items are due is to check for our reminder notices. If you do not receive reminder notices, please stop in to a branch or call 616-784-2007 to make sure we have your contact information up to date. Non-receipt of those notices does not eliminate responsibility for outstanding materials or fines.

If your library fines exceed $40, contact your local branch library to work on a payment plan that works best with your lifestyle.

Renewals

If you have checked out an iPad, Hotspot, or other special item, please contact us to see if renewal is possible.

For most other items, the system attempts to automatically renew your items three days prior to their due date. This is done as a courtesy service because we know life gets busy and it's easy to lose track of time! This also means that you don't have to manually renew your items.

Items will automatically renew up to three times if there are no active hold requests on the items. If you prefer to opt out of this feature, please let us know the next time you visit, or please give us a call at 616-784-2007.

There are three different ways to see whether your items have renewed:

  • In person at any branch.
  • By phone by calling our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007.
  • On your mobile device using the BookMyne app.
  • Visiting the KDL.org webpage:
    1. Select the “My Account” link in the top right of the homepage.
    2. Enter your barcode and PIN and click “Log In.”
    3. From the “Checkouts” tab, you which shows the due dates for your items.

Holds

You may currently have a maximum of 50 item holds placed on your card at any given time.

To place a hold on an item, locate the item in our online catalog and select the “Place Hold” button. Enter your library card and PIN number, then designate a KDL branch pick-up location.

You may also place holds on your mobile device using the BookMyne app.