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Loans and Fines
We are excited to share that Kitchener Public Library is a fine-free library. This reconfirms our commitment to providing accessible service to all members of our community.
What does fine-free mean?
Fine-free means that customers will no longer be charged overdue fines. Why? Because we don’t want finances to be a barrier to library service.
How long can I keep my library items?
Even though we are no longer charging overdue fines, we will want our items back! We ask that you return your items to the library in a timely manner so others may enjoy them as well. We will continue to send reminders about due dates. Items that are long overdue and not returned to the library will incur a replacement cost.
|Item Type||Loan Period||Holds Allowed||Renewals|
|Book club sets||6 weeks||Yes||Yes|
|Books, magazines, DVDs, CDs||3 weeks||Yes||Yes|
|Musical instruments||3 weeks||Yes||Yes|
|Wireless hotspots||3 weeks||Yes||Yes|
|Board games||1 week||Yes||Yes|
|Express items||1 week||No||No|
|Outdoor collections||1 week||Yes||No|
|Parks and museum passes||1 week||Yes||Yes|
|Playaways and launchpads||1 week||Yes||Yes|
|Vinyl records||1 week||No||No|
|Bike locks||1 day||No||No|
|Sports equipment||1 day||No||No|
|Laptops and iPads (in-library only)||4 hours||No||No|
For most items, a first reminder will be issued after the item is 1 day overdue. A second reminder will be issued after the item is 5 days overdue, and a third reminder when the item is 15 days overdue. A replacement bill will be issued after 30 days.
Damaged or Lost Items
If an item is lost or returned in damaged condition, you will be responsible for the replacement cost of the item.
Paying Replacement Fees
There are many ways to pay your replacement fees:
- In-person at any Kitchener Public Library location (cash, debit, or credit card accepted)
- By telephone at 519-743-0271 x 260 (credit card only)
- Online payment (credit card only)