Book Clubs and Book Club Sets

What is a Book Club Set?

A Book Club Set is a bag with 10 copies of the same title in it that may be signed out to a designated member of a Book Club.

Book Club Set titles are available for browsing at the Central Branch, the Isabel Turner Branch or the Sydenham Branch and can be sent out to any KFPL branch for borrowing. The sets have a six-week loan period with one three-week renewal, provided that there are no reservations on the set. Your book club can have three sets out at any one time.

Who can Borrow a Book Club Set?

In order to borrow a Book Club Set, you will need a special book club library card. Any member of your book club can apply for this card and take responsibility for the set. You only need personal ID and proof of address (such as a driver’s license) to get a Book Club Set membership. Download the KFPL Book Club Sign-out sheet to help keep track of your Book Club Set.

How do I find and reserve a Book Club Set?

Once you have your Book Club membership, you can search our catalogue or you can browse the Book Club Set shelves at the Central, Isabel Turner or Sydenham Branches. Once you have found a set that you think your club will enjoy, you can reserve the set online using your Book Club card number and PIN or borrow it immediately at the desk. It is not possible to reserve a Book Club Set for a specific date.

How do I Return a Book Club Set?

You can return the book club set to any KFPL branch. The entire set must be returned together (10 books, the information folder and the bag) either to the circulation desk or through the outside book drop, but not through the automated return system.

Late charges are $1 per set per day to a maximum of $10. Regular lost book charges apply.

For more information about Book Club Sets, please contact Jillann Rothwell.

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Learn More about Starting your own Book Club

Build a better book club, by Harry Heft and Peter O’Brien.

A year of reading: a month-by-month guide to classics and crowd-pleasers for you and your book group, by Elisabeth Ellington and Jane Freimiller.

The mother-daughter book club: how ten busy mothers and daughters came together to talk, laugh and learn through their love of reading, by Shireen Dodson, with Teresa Baker.

What to read: the essential guide for reading group members and other book lovers, by Mickey Pearlman.

How to Start a Book Club (website) It’s Canadian, it’s very straightforward, and it includes a good list of do’s and don’ts.