Book Clubs

Book club2Being part of a Book Club can be a wonderful way to connect with new people, spend time with friends, dissect books, discover great new reads or re-visit old favourites.

Our services to Book Clubs include access to over 100 titles, including discussion notes where possible. Each Book Club set contains 10 copies of your selected book.

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Getting Started
Tips for Book Club

You have a group together and want to get started? Great! 

Register your Group

Register your Book Club at via our online form. 

Your Club will need a contact person to register the group on your behalf. This person will also be the guarantor and responsible for overdue charges, loss of items or damage to the books.

Selecting and borrowing sets

Towards the end of each year, we will ask you for your preferred titles for the coming year. We encourage suggestions for new Book Club titles anytime via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sets can be loaned for six weeks.

We will try to match your times and preferred titles as much as we can.

Peruse the 2022 book club titles - download the list hereYou can now reserve titles yourself.

To help you make your selection download the descriptions for 2022 titles.

Register via the online form to let us know which titles your book club would like to read in 2022.

Book Club charges

You pay for your set of books at the time of collection. 

  • You can choose either a monthly $42.00 charge for each Book Club set, or pay an annual advanced subscription charge of $300.00 which gives your group use of an unlimited number of book sets during the year.

  • While there will be no fines charged for overdue items, Clubs will be suspended from borrowing future sets until overdue titles are returned.

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Some questions to consider when establishing your Book Club include

  • WHO are you? Do you want to have a strong identity or a name? Who are members of your Club?
  • WHEN will you meet: how often, and what time is suitable?
  • WHERE will you meet: library, coffee shop, your homes?
  • WHAT sort of books will you read and discuss: are you restricting your choice by genre or style?
  • HOW will you decide the titles: will you take turns to choose a book and lead the discussion?
  • WHY are you doing this: what do you want to get out of being a part of a book club?


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An Australian resource with information on “Everything About Books” including thousands of easy to read independent book reviews and lots of interesting Australian and International articles, author profiles, stories on writers’ houses, bookshops, short stories, book trivia and more.

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Many of our eLibrary titles are able to be borrowed and listened to by many people at once (i.e. you don’t have to wait for a copy to become available), making an ideal alternative for busy book clubs.

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Note that to use this service your book club members will need:

  • a computer, mobile phone or tablet
  • an internet connection
  • a Hobsons Bay Libraries membership
  • an email address


Looking to join a group?

There are plenty of options if you don't have a group together and are still looking to join an existing Book Club.

CAE Book Groups
Run in a variety locations around Melbourne. 

Meet Up
A social network site that links people of like interests. There is a large range of Book Clubs listed with varying tastes, costs and locations.