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A department of the Town of Chapel Hill

Kindle e-Reader Lending

Kindle e-Reader

Want to test-drive an eReader?  Check out one of our Kindle Touch e-Readers.  The library’s Kindles are pre-loaded with a variety of classics and bestsellers.   You can find the current list of titles by searching for Kindle in the library’s online catalog. CHPL’s five Kindle Touch e-Readers were purchased with a donation from the Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation.

Library Kindles will be available to Chapel Hill Public Library members age 18 and over who have a current library card in good standing. To check out a Kindle, visit the Information Desk inside the Library. Be sure to bring your library card and current photo ID. For more information, see the complete Kindle Policy.

FAQ's:

How can I check out a Kindle?
To check out a Kindle, visit the Information Desk inside the Library. Be sure to bring your library card and current photo ID. You will be asked to sign a User Agreement before checking out, so please allow 30 minutes to ask some questions and complete the check-out process.

How long can I keep the Kindle?
Kindles will check out for 2 weeks at a time. Kindles cannot be renewed.

Can I place a hold request on a Kindle?
Yes. You can request a Kindle just as you would any other library materials. Please be aware that there are currently only 5 Kindles in our collection, so there may be a waiting period.

Can I download e-Books to the Kindle?
No. You may not add or remove any items from the Kindle, or change any settings while you have it. If you would like to purchase an ebook for the Library’s Kindles, please speak with a staff member at the Information desk, or call 919-969-2046.

Are there late fees?
Yes. There is a late fee of $5.00 per day if you do not return the Kindle to the library by the due date.  There is no grace period for Kindles.

Can I return the Kindle in the bookdrop?
No. Because a Kindle is fragile, they cannot be returned in the bookdrop. If a Kindle is found returned in the book drop, the user will be charged a $25 fine.

Where do I return the Kindle?
Kindles must be returned to a staff member at the Information Desk inside the Library. All components of the Kindle must be present upon return for the library to consider the item checked in – this includes the Kindle, its cover, the charging cord, adapter and carrying case.  Kindles must be returned at least 30 minutes before the library closes so that staff will have sufficient time to ensure that the returned item is complete and in working order.

What if the Kindle is lost/damaged/stolen while I have it checked out?
Before you can check out a Kindle, you will be asked to fill out a User Agreement, and by signing you accept full financial responsibility for the Kindle and agree to pay all costs associated with damage to or theft/loss of the Kindle and/or the Kindle accessories while checked out to you. The replacement costs are $300 for the Kindle, $45 for the cover or carrying case and $45 for the charger or adapter.

Where can I find information on how to use the Kindle?
The Kindle User Guide is pre-loaded onto each Kindle. For further instructions, ask for help at the Library’s Information Desk, or see the Amazon Kindle User's Guide.

Kindle Policy

Lending Guidelines

  • Patron must be 18 years or older, have a current library card and valid photo ID, and be in good standing with the library.
  • Loan period of 2 weeks.
  • No renewals.
  • Late fee of $5/day.
  • No grace period.
  • Holds are allowed.
  • Kindles are held for 5 days.
  • Patron must sign a user agreement.
  • Kindles must be checked out and returned to a staff member at the Information Desk at least 30 minutes before closing.
  • Fines/fees will be paid at the Circulation Desk.
  • All components of the Kindle must be present upon return for the library to consider the item checked in.
  • Because a Kindle is fragile, if a Kindle is found returned in the book drop, the user will be charged a $25 fine.

Note: The procedure for checking in and checking out a Kindle is lengthy. Please allow 30 minutes to complete your transaction. You must arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closing to begin this process.

Replacement Costs

For all components: $ 390
or
Kindle + Contents:  $ 300

Cover / Case:   $ 45
Charger / Adapter:   $ 45

Last updated: 30 November 2011