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Selecting, Suggesting And Obtaining Books For Your Book Club


Selecting Titles for Your Book Club

There are many websites and databases that offer a wide range of suggestions and ideas for book club selections. Book mark the following sites and check them regularly for new titles:

Dewey Dudes and Divas:
Canadian librarians add posts about new and interesting books to this long-running blog.
A huge site with hundreds of thousands of titles and reader reviews, and a “Listopia” section that includes themed lists, including book club suggestions.
Hoopla’s Book Club Hub offers fiction and non-fiction recommendations and supporting resources. Once you’ve set up a Hoopla account using your Pickering Library card, you can immediately borrow an eBook edition of any title on the recommended list. All Hoopla eBooks are available 24/7, with no waiting lists.
Available through the Pickering Public Library’s website (under Digital Library/eResources/Novelist Reading Suggestions), this is a database with a wide variety of recommended reading lists, as well as over 800 book discussion guides (under Quick Links).
Reading Group Guides:
An online community for reading groups, this website includes thousands of book guides to generate discussion, as well as tips for choosing an appealing title.

Suggesting Titles for Your Book Club

The Pickering Public Library has a collection of over 100 Book Club Sets, which include at least 12 copies of the same title and can be borrowed for an extended loan period.
If you have a suggestion for a Book Club Set that you would like the Pickering Public Library to add to its collection, you can make a request to the Library to purchase it. You can make your request in person to staff or by filling out a comment form. You can also submit a suggestion directly in your library account:

  • Login to your library account
  • Go to My Library Dashboard
  • Select Submit a Suggestion
  • Enter your request. Under Format, be sure to select Book Club Set from the drop-down menu

Please be aware that the following guidelines are used to select titles for the Library’s Book Club Sets:

  • The book must be available in a trade paperback edition (check in
  • The book must be less than 400 pages long (check in
  • The book should have the potential to generate extended discussion and conversation.

Please note: Book Club Sets are only purchased once a year (usually in summer/early fall) and in limited numbers, so all suggestions will be collected and reviewed together before the purchases are made. There may be a long period between the date of submitting a suggestion and the date of availability, if the suggestion is purchased. Wait until the title is actually listed in the Library catalogue as a “Book Club Set” before assuming it will be available for your club’s reading list.

Obtaining Books for Your Book Club

Book Club Sets
The Library has over 100 Book Club Sets that you can borrow for your book club. A Book Club Set is a canvas bag containing 12 copies of the same title along with book discussion questions. Some sets have an added large print, audiobook or DVD copy where available. You can see the list of Book Club Sets and reserve a title on our Book Club Set Reservation page.
Library Catalogue
Please check the Library catalogue for availability of your book club book. The Library also has multiple copies of certain titles.
For club members who use eBooks, remember to download the Cloud Library, Hoopla, and Overdrive apps and set up accounts using your Pickering Library card. There are thousands of eBooks available for free in these three databases.
Interlibrary Loan
If the Library does not have an available copy of your book club book, interlibrary loan service is available for individuals requesting a single copy of a book club title. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. Please see staff for assistance.

Everything You Need to Know About Book Clubs
Book Club Sets
Tips for a Successful Book Club
Client Initiated Interlibrary Loan (CIIL)