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To comply with current NSW health orders, all library branches (including community libraries) are closed until further notice. If you have a book club kit at home, please hold onto it and stay safe at home. We have extended due dates on all loaned items so there will be no fees during this time. 

Starting a book club is a great way to share your passion and discuss books. 

If you're already a member, simply complete the book club registration form. There's a registration fee of $65, payable when you collect your book club member cards. There is also an annual subscription fee of $65, payable 12 months after your first payment. 

Each book club kit contains 10 copies of a selected title and can be borrowed for 6 weeks. Please see our complete list of our book club kits along with instructions on how to search for available kits in our catalogue

Please phone the branch your chosen kit is showing as available to have it set aside for up to one week. 

Online book club

Get the book club experience online with Big Library Read, a global eBook club facilitated by Overdrive. Participate on your mobile device by downloading the Libby by Overdrive app. 

The Big Library Read will return in November 2021. 

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. 

Who can borrow from the book club collection?

You must be a registered book club to borrow from the book club collection. 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 bookclub@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au for replacements.

How much does it cost?

There’s an initial registration fee of $65 payable when you collect your book club member cards, and then an annual subscription of $65 after 12 months.

Kits will incur an overdue fee of $3.00 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.

How do I find an available kit?

You can always search for available kits in our catalogue. You also have the option to filter the search results by library branch. 

An available book club kit can be sent to any branch for collection if we are provided with a few days notice. 

How long can my group borrow the kits?

The kits can be borrowed for six weeks only. Book club kits cannot be renewed.

Can we borrow more than one kit at a time?

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.

Can we go on a waiting list to borrow a book club kit?

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.

What if we lose or damage a book?

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.

Can we suggest titles to be purchased for the book club collection?

Yes, your suggestions are more than welcome! Just send us an email.