Changes to book clubs
Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we are unable to accept new book club registrations at this time.
For current book clubs, this period will not be included in your subscription fee. We will also be extending the loan period for book club kit loans.
If your club currently has a kit on loan, you are welcome to hold on to it for the time being, with no overdue fees applied. If you wish to return the kit, please call the branch you are returning the kit to discuss a time to return.
Online Book Club
Get the book club experience online with Big Library Read, a global eBook club facilitated by Overdrive.
Only run three to four times a year, the first Big Library Read for 2020 will run from 23 March to 13 April with Funny, You Don't Look Autistic by Michael McCreary. It will also run from 22 June to 6 July and then again from 2 to 16 November. To participate in the Big Library Read on your mobile device, download the Libby by Overdrive app.
You can also access our simultaneous loan collection on Overdrive. You and your club can borrow multiple copies of an eBook at the same time.
Book Club FAQs
Book Clubs must be registered. Any member of our Libraries can register their Book Club. Registered members are responsible for the prompt return of Book Club kits and the payment of any fees and charges.
Your Club will receive a set of ten Book Club membership cards to share among your members. They can be presented in any Northern Beaches Council library branch. Just email email@example.com for replacements.
There’s an initial registration fee of $65 payable when you collect your Book Club member cards, and then an annual subscription of $65 at the start of July each year.
Kits will incur an overdue fee of $2.75 per day until the complete kit is returned, ready for the next club to borrow. It is free to have an available kit set aside for you for up to one week.
To search for an available book club kit, select Bookclub kits from the drop down menu on our Catalogue Search.
Then filter the search results by selecting Titles with available items under Availability on the left hand side. You can then see the availability and location by selecting View availability under the description of the kit.
An available Bookclub kit can be sent to any branch for collection if we are provided with a few days notice.
The kits can be borrowed for six weeks only. Book Club kits cannot be renewed.
Yes. A maximum of two kits can be on loan to a Club at one time. This works well for moving from one title to the next at your meeting. Just choose and collect your new kit a few days before each meeting.
Sorry, we do not take holds or reservations on Book Club kits that are out on loan. Use the catalogues to choose from the titles available now, and telephone the library to have the kit set aside for you for free for up to one week.
If your Club loses or damages a book, the cost of replacement plus a $5 processing fee will be required. Damage includes anything beyond normal wear and reading.
Yes, your suggestions are more than welcome! Just send us an email.