If you don't see your question answered below, please ask us! Also take a look at our Services page for more information about what we offer.

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How do I get a library account?

Library accounts are free to all Maryland Residents and available to non-residents for a $10.00 annual fee.

Apply in person at any of our three branches. You will need to show photo ID and proof of address.

Children under 18 must be able to sign their first names and must have a parent or guardian present to co-sign the application.

Washington College students with valid college ID are treated as Maryland residents.

How many items can I check out at a time and how long can I keep them?

Please see our Smartest Card brochure for more information about lending limits and borrowing times.

How do I get things that aren't listed in your catalog?

If we do not own an item, you can try searching for it in Marina, Maryland's statewide Interlibrary Loan service. You will need your library card number to log in. If you find an item in Marina that is requestable, select the KCPL branch at which you would like to pick it up and submit your request. If you don't see what you are looking for there either, or would prefer that we place the request for you, let us know. We will do our best to get it for you.

We also consider requests when making purchasing decisions. If you would like to suggest an item be added to our collection, fill out our online form.

Can you tell me what I've checked out in the past?

In order to protect your privacy, we do not keep records of your items after they are returned. However, you may choose to keep a history of items you check out going forward by logging into My Account and checking the "Maintain reading history" box under "Contact Information and Preferences."

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Library Accounts
My account login isn't working. What should I do?

First, it's important to know which account you are trying to access.

When you got your library card, your KCPL account was set up to allow you to log into the catalog in order to see what items you have checked out, place holds, renew items, and other basic functions. .

In order to use some of our online resources, you will need to create a free account to manage your use of the service. These accounts are separate from your main library account and must be set up individually to use each of the following resources:

If you are having trouble logging into one of these accounts, you may need to reset your password. Each site should have a link you can click to start this process. If you have trouble resetting your password or have other questions about these accounts, please contact us and we will help you figure out the problem.

Please see the My Accounts page for more information.

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Library Services
Does the library offer programs and classes?

Yes, we offer regular programs and classes for children, teens, and adults, as well as special events. All programs and classes are free of charge. Registration is sometimes required, so please check the Calendar for more details about specific events.

Our regular programs include Book Groups, Technology Classes, story time programs, Friday films, programs for writers, and needlecrafting. More information about all our regular programs can be found on our Regular Programs page.

For information about all upcoming regular and special programs, please visit our Calendar.

How much does ______ cost?

You may visit the library, attend library programs and classes, and use public computers or the public wifi network at no cost. We charge service fees for printing, notary public services, and meeting room rental. Fees are also charged if items are not returned by their due dates or are damaged or lost while checked out. For more information please see our complete Fines and Fees Policy.

Does the library offer WiFi?

Yes, we offer public wifi at all of our locations. Further details are available on our Services page.

Do you provide help with technology?

Yes. Visit our Technology page for more details.

Can I post a flier at KCPL?

Please review the Bulletin Board Policy to be sure your flier matches the criteria.

Do you accept donations?

The Friends of Kent County Public Library accepts donations of used books and other materials for their semi-annual book sales, as well as monetary donations that are used to support KCPL.

The Foundation for the Kent County Public Library accepts monetary donations to ensure the long term financial viability of KCPL.

For more information about these groups, visit our Library Supports page.

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Rock Hall, MD 21661