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Book Club in a Bag

About Book Club in a Bag

Book clubs are increasingly popular, and Ramsey County Library has created Book Club in a Bag to make it easier for book clubs to obtain enough copies of titles for all of their participants. The Book Club in a Bag zipper bags contain 10 copies of the title, as well as a resource notebook with discussion guides, author information, bookmarks, suggested reading lists, web resources, and more.

Using Book Club in a Bag is easy. Simply request the bag for the title you want, and you will be notified when it is available for pickup. One group member checks out the bag using a valid library card; this person is responsible for all of the materials in the bag. There are currently more than 180 titles available for adults, teens, and children, including fiction, nonfiction and mystery titles.

Frequently Asked Questions about Book Club in a Bag

What's in the Bag?
Each bag contains 10 copies of the title and a notebook with discussion questions, author information, recommended reading lists, bookmarks, information on the library, and information on how Book Club in a Bag works. 

Are the Bags requestable?  What's the checkout period?
Bags may be requested and picked up at any RCL branch, and can be kept for 6 weeks. You may request them in person, by phone, or online. At this time, the bags cannot be requested for a specific date.  Patrons are limited to two bags at a time per library card.

Which titles are available as Book Club in a Bag kits?

List of Book Club in a Bag titles in the Ramsey County Library collection (PDF)
You can also find the list of titles available in the online catalog by searching for “Book Club in a Bag.”  

Can I renew a Book Club in a Bag?
The bags may be renewed up to two times if not requested, and must be returned to a Ramsey County Library branch.

How do I return a Bag?
Bags will not fit in book return slots; please return them to the Service Desk at any Ramsey County Library.  Bags cannot be checked in until all copies of the books are in the bag; please do not return individual copies of the books separate from the bag. 

When returning Book Club in a Bag titles, please check to be sure all 10 copies of the book are in the bag, as well as the resource notebook. If copies of the book, the notebook, or zipper bag are missing, the person who checked out the bag will be billed for the replacement cost of the missing items.

What is the overdue charge for a Bag? What if I lose a book?
The overdue charge for Book Club in a Bags is $1.00 per day. If a book is lost, the person who checked out the bag will be billed for the list price of a replacement copy of the book.

Can I request that a Book Club in a Bag title be purchased?  
To request that a title be purchased for the Book Club in a Bag collection, please send an email to Ask a Librarian.

Any other questions or comments?
Have a question or a comment about Book Club in a Bag?  Send your comments via Ask a Librarian.