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Library-Led Book Clubs

The St. Catharines Public Library provides and facilitates regular book club sessions for registered participants from the community. Book club sessions meet monthly at their home branch location and discuss a selected book from an annual rotation list and are intended to foster a friendly, social atmosphere amongst book-lovers. The St. Catharines Public Library strives to provide fiction and non-fiction selections that highlight Canadian literature and authors, current events, and a wide variety of perspectives, including (but not limited to): Indigenous, LGBTQ+, and BIPOC communities. The Library also strives to take into account participant requests for selections and holds regular surveys and voting for book selection inclusions. 

The St. Catharines Public Library has seven adult book clubs. Each club meets once a month at its home location to discuss the selected monthly title. The Central Library has three book clubs, the Dr. Huq Family Branch has two book clubs, the Merritt Branch has one book club and Port Dalhousie Branch has two book clubs. For more information or to register, please call 905-688-6103.



Community Book Club Kits

What is it?

Book Club Kits consist of a bag with 10 copies of one title. 

What sets are available? 

Click here to see the titles or Click here for a printable list. 

Who can check it out?

Any customer with a valid adult/senior SCPL library card.

How do I reserve it?

Customers can place a hold on a specific Book Club Kit. The kits cannot be reserved in advance, they are first come, first served. The loan period is 42 days, with no renewals. The entire kit must be checked out. You can choose which branch to have it sent to, but bear in mind that it may take a couple of days to get there.

How do I pick it up?

Book Club Kits that have been placed on hold will be under the cardholder’s last name. They must be checked out on the same card that was used to place the hold.

How do I return it?

The entire kit must be returned in person to any SCPL branch. They will not fit into the book drops. Any lost/damaged books will be charged to the cardholder’s account. The fees will be $15.00/book or $150.00/kit. The cardholder who checked out the kit is responsible for the entire kit.