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Book Club Bags

What are Book Club Bags? 

Multiple copies of a single title that your book club can reserve ahead of time. They allow you to plan up to a year of meetings, confident in the fact that the books will be available when you want them.  Bags are loaned for an extended period - perfect for groups that meet monthly. 

What's in a Book Club Bag?

Everything you need for your book club meeting comes in one bag:

  • up to 10 copies of a title
  • author's biography
  • information about the book
  • discussion questions
  • some bags may contain alternate formats of the title (Large Print, DVD, Audiobook); ask staff for details
A book club bag and contents

Who can Check Out a Book Club Bag?

They can be checked out by anyone with a Middlesex County Library card. The bag contents will be checked out on the card of the person who picks up the bag. This person is responsible for returning the bag and its contents.

How Long can I Borrow a Book Club Bag?

The loan period for a book club bag is approximately 6 weeks, however this will vary with each booking.  When a bag is reserved, library staff will determine a loan period that encompasses 2 of your group's meetings: one where the book is distributed and one where it is discussed.  The bag will have a due date of one week after the meeting where the book is discussed. It's very important to return all the items by the due date since other book clubs are waiting. No renewals are permitted.

What Titles are available?

To see a list of titles with a short description, view the complete list of titles. New titles are added regularly. To check on a bag's availability, view the Book Club Bag Schedule.

A simplified, screen reader friendly version of our Book Club Bags list is also available for download.

How do I request a Book Club Bags?

Print or download the Book Club Bag Request form. Write or type the required information into the form: your desired titles from our list, the desired distribution date and discussion date for each book (check availability by using the schedule) and two alternate titles.  Note: The request form may not work properly with your browser's PDF viewer.  For best results, please save the form to your computer and open with a dedicated PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat DC (available for free here from Adobe)

If you have printed the form and written in the information, scan or take a picture of your completed printed form.  Change the file name of the scan or photo to include your last name, then email it to us at as an attachment. 

If you have typed the information into the form, save the completed PDF form, using your last name as part of the file name, and email it as an attachment to

Or you can return a physical copy of the form to any Middlesex County Library location. 

While we will do our best to ensure you get your desired books on the requested date, staff may make adjustments due to availability. Always be sure to include at least one alternate title. You will be contacted to confirm your bookings; please allow a few days for a response.