All patrons must be registered and must have a valid library card to borrow library materials. The Kiel Public Library issues library cards to anyone age 3 or older who does not already have a valid card in the MCLS system. Library cards are only issued at the library. There is no charge for the original library card. KPL cards are also valid at any of the other five libraries in the Manitowoc-Calumet Library System: New Holstein, Chilton, Brillion, Two Rivers, and Manitowoc.

A valid form of identification listing current mailing address is required to receive a library card. Valid IDs must also include a photo. The preferred form of identification for adult patrons and parent/guardians of minor patrons is a driver’s license. Other acceptable forms include a state identification card, college ID, medical assistance card, a passport, or a military ID.

Applicants under 16 years of age must have a parent or guardian give their consent on the application form before a new card can be issued.

Library cards do not expire. However, they do need to be renewed yearly, facilitating updates of contact information such as phone number and address. Cards not used for more than three years may be purged from the data base of registered borrowers. If a patron’s information has been purged, the patron will be required to register for a new card.

Loan Periods

  • Books, audio books, magazines, and music CDs may be checked out for three weeks.
  • Movies may be checked out for a period of one week.
  • Reference materials, current issues of periodicals, newspapers and microfilms generally do not circulate, but may at the discretion of staff.
  • Kiel Heritage Collection items, photographs, yearbooks, or other materials in the Edwin J. Majkrzak Historical Research Center may only be used in the library
  • Library staff may occasionally adjust loan periods for circulating items for class projects or other special circumstances.


Library materials may be renewed once. This can be done in person, via the library's online catalog, or over the telephone, unless they are on hold for another patron. DVDs borrowed from another MCLS library and Inter-library loan materials (those borrowed from a library outside the MCLS system) must be returned on time and may not be renewed. Internet renewals may be limited by material type and may require assistance from library staff.

Number of Circulating Items Per Person

There is generally no limit on the number of books, magazines, audio books, films or music CDs that can be checked out at any one time. In the case of special school projects involving an entire classroom, the staff reserves the right to limit the number of titles on a particular topic that may be checked out to one person. DVDs are normally limited to ten titles per family.

Reserves (Holds)

Patrons may reserve or place on hold items that are currently checked out or on order by KPL or another MCLS library. Individuals will be notified by telephone or email when the material becomes available. Reserve items should be picked up as soon as possible. Patrons who fail to pick up reserve items within seven days of notification will forfeit their access to the material. Reservations may be made in person, over the telephone or on the internet via the online catalog. Persons with “blocks” on their record (overdue fines over $10, pending disciplinary action, or other messages) will not be able to reserve items over the Internet.

Fines and Charges on Overdue Materials

Fines on materials other than films are assessed at a rate of ten cents per day per item. Fines on movies are assessed at fifty centers per day per item. Fines should be paid as soon as possible. With some exceptions, most fines may be paid in installments. Overdue fines are generally limited to $5 per item unless the material has been damaged or lost.

Patrons who accumulate fines over $10 may not check out materials or use the public access computers until the full fine is paid. Patrons who lose, damage or cannot find materials will be assessed the replacement value of the material. Items borrowed from another MCLS library may also be assessed a non-refundable service fee and/or a collection fee.

Patrons with overdue materials are notified by telephone, via email or by mail. Materials should be returned as soon as possible after the first notice. If the material is not returned after a second notice, borrowers will receive a letter listing the replacement cost of the overdue materials. Patrons who do not respond to this letter may be referred to the Kiel Police Department for further action.

Library materials are the property of the Kiel Public Library. Failure to return materials is a form of theft and will be treated as such.

Collections for Classroom Use

Teachers and parents of homeschoolers may request special collections for use in their classroom for extended loan periods, or they may request special reserve collections for their students to use in the library. Both of these requests should allow staff adequate time to gather the collections. All the services of Interlibrary loan are available to teachers, but items borrowed from any library outside the MCLS system are subject to the original loan periods. Teachers who request special collections are responsible for lost or damaged materials and will be billed accordingly.

Classroom visits are encouraged, but should be arranged ahead of time. Tours of the library and group instruction on library use are also available by special arrangement.

Teacher Cards

Teacher cards are made available to teachers, daycare providers, parents of homeschoolers, and other adults who work in a classroom or educational setting. Teacher cards enable borrowers to check out up to 75 books and audio books for an eight-week (56 days) loan period. These materials cannot be renewed. Short loan items such as films and inter-library loan items borrowed on a Teacher card are due back at the end of the normal period unless special arrangements have been made in advance. Regular fines will start to accrue at the end of the loan period. Teacher cards may not be used to borrow items for personal use. The card holder is responsible for any charges and fees associated with lost or damaged materials.

Interlibrary Loan Policy

Materials not available through the MCLS system may be requested through WISCAT, a union catalog of materials available from Wisconsin’s public, academic, prison, and special libraries. Patrons can access the WISCAT database from any internet computer via Badgerlink. There is no charge for this service.

Patrons requesting a non-MCLS item should submit an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) form (one form per item) available at the front desk. Patrons should provide as much accurate information about the sought item as possible. KPL staff will then send a request for the item(s) to the owning library via WISCAT. The Manitowoc-Calumet Library System serves as the clearinghouse for KPL.

Items are received either through van delivery or the mail. Because we receive items from all over the state, we cannot control the length of time it will take to receive the item. Patrons should let the library know if he or she is under a deadline. Patrons will be notified via telephone or email when the item arrives, or if the item is not available. Items not picked up within one week of notification will be returned to the sending library. Loan periods for ILL items are set by the owning library and must be followed; renewals are generally not permitted for ILL items.

Lost or damaged ILL items will be assessed the replacement cost, plus any fees charged by the owning library. Overdue fines are assessed at the same rate as Kiel Public Library materials.

There is no limit on the number of items or the number of times a patron may use the ILL service. However, patrons who misuse the service through failure to return materials, losing or damaging materials, or chronic failure to pick up requested materials may be denied further use.

Kiel Public Library
511 Third Street
Kiel, WI 53042