Borrowing Materials

Customers can checkout a total of 75 physical items at a time.

Renewals are not allowed when there are other customer holds on the material or when the material is owned by another library system.

DVDs and New & Notable items may not be renewed.

Holds cannot be placed on New & Notable items.

Borrowing Policies

Item Type Loan Period Checkout Limit Renewal
Books, Audiobooks, Large Print Books 21 days Up to 75 3 times
Print New & Notable Collections 14 days Up to 75 No renewals
Digital New and Notable Collection 14 Days 3 No renewals
DVDs 7 days 10 No renewals
Music CDs 21 days 30 3 times
Magazines 21 days Up to 75 3 times
Graphic Novels 21 days Up to 75 3 times
OverDrive
(ebooks, digital audiobooks)
21 days 20 items (all formats combined) Unlimited
hoopla digital: ebooks, digital audiobooks, ecomics 21 days 12 items per month (all formats combined) Unlimited
hoopla digital: movies & TV 3 days 12 items per month (all formats combined) Unlimited
hoopla digital: music 7 days 12 items per month (all formats combined) Unlimited

Renewing Materials

Items may be renewed online via your account, in-person at your local Branch, or over the phone by calling your local branch library.

Kansas City Public Library materials may be renewed up to three (3) times except when there are other customer requests for the material or when the material is owned by another library system.

* DVD checkouts and New & Notable items may not be renewed.

Hold Requests

Cardholders can place holds in the Library Catalog or by contacting library staff.

Pick Up a Hold

You'll be notified by email when the item is ready to pick up. The pick up date also displays in your catalog account for all available holds. Telephone and postal mail notifications are not available. You have 10 days to pick up an item once it becomes available.

Holds are placed on a dedicated shelf at each location. Each item is marked with your initials and the last four (4) digits of your library card number. Held items are alphabetized according to the first letter on the sticker.

If you need to change the pickup location, call us at 816.701.3400 and we can change the location for you. If your hold is available but you no longer need it, please call us to cancel the hold.

* Note: holds cannot be placed on New & Notable items.

Overdues & Fines

Materials are considered overdue if not returned or renewed by the due date. Fines are charged on all items for each day overdue. Customers may continue to check out materials until fines total $30.00.

Material Fine Maximum Fine per Item
DVDs $1 per day $3
All other Library materials 10 cents per day $2