Outdoor Library Book and Media Returns

Every library should have an outdoor return for the convenience of their patrons. They allow busy patrons to quickly drop off items without the need to make the trip all the way into the library. Outdoor returns also allow patrons the ability to return materials when it is convenient for them, even if the library is closed. The advantage of this is that you get your books and media back in a more timely manner.

We take pride in our products and want to make the process of receiving your collections as easy as it is for your patrons to return them. Take a look at our full list of standard outdoor unit features below to see the Kingsley difference.

If you're having trouble deciding which series is right for you, we've made it easy. Click here to compare the series by features.

C-Series Outdoor Curbside Returns

The C-Series is designed to be the perfect drive-up book drop. The depository sweeps 13" toward the curb which allows the cabinet to sit safely back and avoid most collisions. These units are also ADA Compliant for walk-ups. This premium line includes 6 capacities and additional features such as a locking depository.

Quality at an affordable price S-Series

The Kingsley S-Series is an entry level line of returns for those on a budget. It is the ideal ADA Compliant walk-up return but it can also be used at the curb for easy drive-ups. This stylish series comes in 5 capacities with all of the standard features you see below at an affordable price point.

K-Series, the most versatile outdoor return offered

Kingsley's K-Series is more than just a book drop. These units feature a large depository that accepts materials up to 17-3/4" x 12-1/2" x 7"H . They are ideal for receiving stacks of books, large reference materials, donations, and even packages. The K-Series is available in 3 capacities.

Outdoor Features

Kingsley outdoor depositories are the industry standard for features and quality. All our outdoor depository units are built to last with the following features:

Aluminum sheet metal

Durable, Rust-free Aluminum

Our outdoor returns are made from aircraft grade aluminum alloy. This aluminum alloy is stronger than comparable gauge stainless steel and more dent resistant. It will never rust or corrode like steel so your unit will remain structurally sound for years to come. It will also never streak or discolor like stainless steel. This makes our returns hold up better in coastal areas and where roads are salted for snow.

Book being deposited with one hand

Drive-up and ADA Compliant for Walk-ups

All Kingsley outdoor depositories are 53-54” in height allowing them to be used for drive-up deposits from all vehicles including SUVs and trucks. They are also ADA Compliant for walk-up deposits when properly installed. Our KwikDrop depository openings allow for easy one-handed deposits. All units come standard with large, high contrast text of your choosing. Self-adhesive braille labels are sold separately.

Outdoor return colors - Blue, Luster, Sandstone, Bronze, Graphite, Black, and White

Beautiful Powder Coat with Specialty Finish

Each unit comes in your choice of 7 different standard powder coat finishes. The powder coat is sealed with a clear coat that is both anti-graffiti and anti-microbial. It allows you to easily remove paint and marker with solvents and kills or slows the growth of microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, protozoans, and fungi such as mold and mildew. This brilliant glossy finish also provides UV protection against fading and scratch resistance. With a little maintenance, it will keep your unit looking new for years to come.

Drip Rail close up

Weather Resistant

Units come standard with various weather-resistant features. All seams are sealed to keep liquids out. New units come with a pre-installed drip rail to protect the top of the access door from rain and snow. The access door has a paddle handle that covers the lock to keep out ice and debris. Additionally, all outdoor units have fully ramped bottoms so deposited items stay above the ground and any water on it.

Outer and inner lock views

Theft Deterrent

We take the security of your items seriously. Our outdoor returns are built to be both theft deterrent and vandal resistant. Depository openings and chutes are constructed to prevent thieves from pulling anything out. The unique inter-locking seams prohibit them from being pried apart. Every access door is attached with a full-length piano hinge. The three free sides of the door are secured with a commercial grade three-point lock so you can be confident that it will stay shut.

Fire Extinguisher

Fire Suppressant

Our units are sealed so well for weather protection that they are also fire suppressant. They have the ability to smother a flame inside the unit in roughly a minute to keep damage to a minimum.

360 degree hood rotation

Rotatable Hoods

The tops of our single hood outdoor depositories can rotate 360°. For dual hood Supermax Versa models, each hood can rotate 270°. This gives you the ability to place the opening and access door(s) in any configuration you need to fit your space.

Pink book return with custom decal

Custom Colors & Graphics

We know that one size never fits all and personal touches are important. Our standard vinyl decals include options for wording and graphics to help you properly convey the purpose of your unit. We also take orders for custom powder coat colors, wording, and graphic decals. Contact us and we’ll be happy to give you a quote for your custom unit.


Environmentally Conscious

All Kingsley outdoor return hoods, cabinets, and carts are constructed of up to 85% recycled aluminum alloy and are 100% recyclable. Our powder coating process allows no pollutants or hazards to enter the environment. There are no harmful toxins used throughout the manufacturing process.

Compare Series

  1. Features
  2. Rust-free aluminum
  3. ADA compliant depository height
  4. KwikDrop one handed deposits
  5. Colorful powdercoat
  6. Anti-grafitti coating
  7. Anti-microbial coating
  8. UV protective coating
  9. Weather and water resistant
  10. Theft deterrent
  11. Fire suppressant
  12. 360° rotatble hoods (270° for Versas)
  13. Custom colors and decals available
  14. Recessed depository opening
  15. Anti-collision design
  16. Locking depository opening
  17. Depository opening size
    18" W x 9-3/4" H
    18" W x 2-1/2" H
    18” W x 3-1/2” H
  18. Starting price