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Loans and Fines

Loan periods, overdue fines and borrowing limits are listed below. A maximum of 100 items total is allowed per library card.

Sign in to your account to view your items checked out, due dates and overdue charges.

Item

Loan Period

Overdue Fine
(daily)

Overdue Fine
(maximum)

Board Books

3 weeks

$0.10

$4

Book Club Sets

6 weeks

$2

$12

Books

3 weeks

$0.30

$9

Children's Books

3 weeks

$0.10

$4

Children's Comic
Books

1 week

$0.10

$4

Children's Magazines

1 week

$0.10

$4

Compact Discs

3 weeks

$0.30

$9

DVDs

1 week

$1

$9

Express Books

2 weeks

$2

$10

Express DVDs

3 days

$2

$10

Magazines

1 week

$0.30

$9

Paperbacks

3 weeks

$0.30

$9

Playaway Views

1 week

$1

$9

Toys
Limit 3 / card

1 week

$0.10

$4

Video Games
Limit 3 / card

1 week

$1

$9

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 as well as a $5 processing fee (plus applicable taxes).

Overdue Charge Policy

You may not use your library card if you have overdue charges of $20 or more. All overdue charges must be paid in full when library cards are renewed.

Unpaid charges of $30 or more may result in referral to a collection agency.

The library will notify you by either telephone or email when items are overdue.

If an item has either a 3-day or 1-week loan period, a first notice is issued after the item is 3 days overdue. A second notice is issued after 10 days, a third notice is issued after 24 days and a final bill is issued after 45 days.

For all other material, a first notice is issued after the item is 7 days overdue. A second notice is issued after 21 days, a third notice after 42 days, and final bill is issued after 60 days.

Paying Your Fines

There are many ways to pay your overdue fines or replacement fees:

  • In person at any Kitchener Public Library location (cash, cheque or credit card accepted)
  • By telephone at 519-743-0271 x 260 (credit card accepted)
  • Online payment (credit card accepted)