For Book Clubs

Borrow a Book Club Kit

View our Book Club Kits in the ORL Catalogue 

Book Club Kits FAQs

What is a Book Club Kit?

A book club kit consists of 6-8 copies of a book stored in a plastic tote box.  Often it will include reading guides which include author information, discussion questions, and read-alike suggestions.

Who can borrow Book Club Kits?

Anyone with an Okanagan Regional Library card can check out a Book Club Kit for their book club.  The person who checks out the kit assumes responsibility for returning the complete kit (tote and all copies) to the library by the due date.

How can I borrow a Book Club Kit?

Book Club Kits are borrowed for 42 days, renewals are not allowed.  Fines are $0.30 per kit, per day, to a maximum of $7.00.

Where do I return the set?

The Book Club Kit, containing all copies of the book plus the plastic tote and any guides will be returned to a staff member at the front desk of your local ORL branch.  It is important to return all items together in the plastic tote because the set is not considered returned unless all pieces are there.  If one or more copies of the book in a set are not returned, or are returned damaged, you will be charged replacement and processing costs.

Where can I get a Book Club Kit?

Book Club Kits are housed at the Kelowna branch of the Okanagan Regional Library.  Because the kits are very popular we recommend that you put a hold on a kit from the online catalogue or by asking library staff for assistance.  We recommend that you place holds ahead of time and “inactivate” or "pause" the hold until it is closer to the month you require.  

It can be tricky to ensure that you have a set available for your next meeting.  Depending on locations, the number of holds, and when kits are returned it can be difficult to predict when your requested item will arrive.  

In order to help with this frustration, there is no limit to the number of kits that can be borrowed by one customer at any one time.  Some clubs find it useful to plan on two kits per month to increase the chance that a kit will arrive on time. 

How are Book Club Kit titles selected?

The titles chosen for Book Club Kits are selected by librarians from the Okanagan Regional Library according to a set of criteria including the book’s literary merit and how well it lends itself to discussion.  We encourage book clubs to contact their local branch with suggestions and their upcoming reading lists.

More Questions?

Contact your closest library branch

Book Club Support

We are pleased to offer support to all our local book groups!  See what the library can do for your club.

  • Contact your local branch to inquire about the number of copies of your reading choices the library has or if we have a Book Club Kit.  Keep in mind that recently published books and bestsellers are popular with many customers and may be difficult to obtain for book club by their planned date.
  • Our Librarians are happy to help you select titles, and find resources to assist in the formulation of your discussion questions. They can also help you find background information about the work, biographical information about the author, and relevant information about the historical period.
  • Check out our guide, Tips for Running a Book Club.