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.

For more information or to register your Book Club please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Getting Started
Book Club titles
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.

Select your 2020 book club titles now - download the list here.

To help you make your selection download our reviews.

Book Club charges

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

  • You can choose either a monthly $39 charge for each Book Club set, or pay an annual advanced subscription charge of $285.00 which gives your group use of an unlimited number of book sets during the year.

  • Overdue items are charged $5 per day per book or $50 per set.

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New titles have been added to the Book Club titles for 2020. There is true crime, romance; tales of love and friendship, mysteries to be solved, discussions of politics and writing as well as award-winning authors from here and overseas. They are titles to engage, enjoy and stimulate discussion

We hope you enjoy your Book Club reads this year

Please review the new titles and register via the online form to let us know which titles your book club would like to read in 2020.

To help you make your selection download our reviews.

View the full list of Book Club titles here.

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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Audiobooks for Book Clubs

Not enough time to read for your book club? Try downloading an eAudiobook and listen on the go. Great for drives, public transport, walking the dog or exercising.

Many of the library’s eAudiobooks 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.

Multi-use audio titles available for book clubs include:

• Normal People – Sally Rooney
• Milkman – Anna Burns
• Force of Nature and The Dry – Jane Harper
• Last Hours and Turn of Midnight – Minette Walters
• Unbreakable - Jelena Dokic
• The Nowhere Child – Christian White
• Scrublands – Chris Hammer
• Preservation – Jock Serong
• Teacher – Gabbie Stroud
• Shell – Christina Olsson

To access these and many more audio titles create a free RBdigital account or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

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 a 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.

First Tuesday Book Club
Run the first Tuesday of every month on ABC TV, their website hosts author interviews, book reviews, a message board and a writer’s room. An ideal way to get involved with readers online.