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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 find a complete list of our book club kits here along with instructions on how to search for available kits in our catalogue

Phone 9970 1602 to have your chosen kits 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. 

Only run three to four times a year, the second Big Library Read for 2020 will run from 3 to 17 August with The Darwin Affair by Tim Mason. It will also run 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. 

Who can borrow from the book club collection?

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 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 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.

How do I find an available kit?

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. 

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.

I'm not in a Book Club. Can you help me to join one?

Why not join one of our reading groups? They meet regularly to discuss a variety of themes and authors with a list of suggested titles shared each time for discussion at the next meeting. You can also start your own book club.