Book Club Bags

We ask that patrons enjoy book club sets responsibly by following the physical distancing guidelines, and those restrictions recommended for social gatherings, as set forth by the Middlesex-London Health Unit and the Government of Ontario.

why use Book Club Bags? 

Multiple copies of books that your book club can reserve ahead of time.
Plan a whole year of meetings, confident in the fact that the books will be available when you want them.  
Bags are loaned for a 6 week period - perfect for groups that meet monthly. 

what's in the 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

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 have the book club bag?

We will reserve the bag for approximately 6 weeks.  This loan period is meant to cover 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 can we choose from?

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.

how do I reserve book club bags?

Print the form or download and save the Book Club Bag Request form to your computer. Write or type the required information into the form: 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 bookclubs@middlesex.ca 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 bookclubs@middlesex.ca.

Or you can return a physical copy of the form to any Middlesex County Library location currently offering curbside pickup. Please note that any returned forms will be quarantined before being processed. 

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

Link to Book Club Bag listLink to book club bag scheduleDownload the request form