Book Club in a Bag Program

Brought to you by participating libraries in the Mid-Hudson Library System

Frequently Asked Questions
Q. One of my group members forgot to return their book, who is responsible?
A. The person who borrows the bag is completely responsible for the return of the bag and all of its contents.

Q. My group meets monthly, can I borrow a bag every month?
A. You can reserve up to 6 kits at a time up to a year in advance. No more than 2 kits can be checked out to your card at one time.

Q. I can't remember what was in my bag when I got it, how do I know what to check for before returning it?
A. Look at the tag attached to your bag, the bag's contents are listed there.

Q. Can my group members return their own books to the library?
A. No, the Book Club in a Bag must be returned with all copies of the book at the same time.

Q. What if a book is lost?
A. If your group loses a book you have two choices: replace it with another copy of the book, new or second hand, that is clean and readable or the library will bill you for the book. Please notify your library if a book has been replaced or if you need to be billed.

Q. May I place a hold on a Book Club in a Bag from the online catalog?
A. No, the Book Club in a Bag must be reserved through the reservation system found at

Q. What if my group has more than 10 members?
A. Use the MHLS Public Library Catalog to request more copies of a title as needed.

Q. Someone in my group prefers large print books, how can I help them?
A. Use the MHLS Public Library Catalog to request the title in a different format: large print, book on CD or downloadable audiobooks or ebooks.

Q. Can my book club suggest titles for the program?
A. Contact your local library and let them know your ideas!

Q. Where can I get other ideas for books to read with my book club?
A. Your local library staff is a great resource for this! Just ask them!

Q. If my local library is not a "participating library" may I still borrow a bag?
A. Yes!

Q. Does my local library have space for my group to meet?
A. Give them a call and ask! Many do. Library contact information.

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