Book Clubs

Community Book Clubs

Meeting Space

Each year the Pickering Public Library accepts applications from local book clubs that wish to apply for free meeting space. Please review the Community Book Clubs Policy for eligibility criteria and other application details.

Pickup Areas for Book Clubs in the Community

Do you run a book club within the Pickering community? Whether it be space, book club kits, reader's advisory, or interlibrary loans, we are here to help.

We now offer space for community book club members to pick up books for their book club meetings. The Central Library and George Ashe Library provide a space that book club leaders can use to leave books for their members to pick up. It can be used by any book club.

This shelf should make it easier to distribute books to your members that miss a meeting or can’t easily get to another location to pick up the next month’s great read. The current procedures for book club sets still apply: the leader checks out the book club set and returns it as a set. Once the book club set is checked out, the items for pick up can be labelled and left on the shelf. The shelf use isn’t limited to use by people who are using the book club sets, any book club can use it to distribute items.

Please note: The Library cannot take responsibility for items left on the shelf.

Information for Book Clubs that want to use Digital Library material 

There are various options that members of Book Clubs have to access digital materials from Pickering Public Library. Information below lists the various platforms and options: 

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Every eBook and eAudiobook title on Hoopla is available for simultaneous use, at all times. This means that an unlimited number of people can read the same title from Hoopla at the same time.  

  • To find out what eBooks and eAudiobooks are available through Hoopla, search directly within the Hoopla platform – to do this, go to the Library website (, click on Digital Library, click on eBooks, click ‘hoopla’, and use Hoopla’s search bar to search for titles of interest. 
  • Hoopla also runs a quarterly Book Club where they pick a ‘Spotlight’ title and provide supporting content like discussion questions and author talks. To locate the current and past ‘Hoopla Book Club’ titles, and additional content: go to, opens a new window, click ‘Current Spotlight’ or ‘Past Spotlight’ at the top of the page to find Hoopla’s Book Club picks. Each quarterly ‘Spotlight’ title has additional resources available to you.  

Note: Subscribing Libraries (including Pickering) do not have the ability to pick specific titles to add to this platform. All content is chosen by Hoopla, based on the deals they work out with Publishers. New content is added regularly. 

eBooks and Audiobooks for Book Clubs

Every eBook and audiobook offered through Hoopla is available for simultaneous use - no holds or wait times. Search directly within Hoopla to find the eBook and audiobook titles available to your Book Club.

Some eBooks and audiobooks on CloudLibrary are available for simultaneous use - no holds or wait times. If you are interested in obtaining a list of simultaneous use titles available through CloudLibrary, please email

Access Hoopla here

Access CloudLibrary here

Advertised Provincial/National Digital Book Clubs 

  • Libraries across Ontario and Canada often work together to provide our clients with special digital book club offerings. You may have seen these advertised as ‘One eRead Canada’ or ‘Big Library Read’. These are special initiatives that require many Libraries to pool their resources to offer a digital title for simultaneous use.  
  • These initiatives often provide additional Book Club content like discussion questions and events such as author talks/readings, Q & A sessions etc  
    • These initiatives often pop-up with a short timeline which can make it challenging for community Book Clubs, if they like to choose their titles in advance.  
    • In 2021, the ‘Big Library Read’ is scheduled April 5-19, June 28-July 12 and November 1-15. During these events, one title will be available for simultaneous use through the OverDrive platform. The chosen titles will not be announced until closer to the event date. It requires a great deal of backend work for Libraries and Library Consortiums to organize these initiatives, which is why the titles are often announced later than some clients might prefer.  

The Library will continue to advertise these special Book Club offerings, and the chosen titles, through our Social Media Platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), and on the Library’s website once the information is available to us. 

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Can't find the book you're looking for in our catalogue? Check out our Interlibrary Loan page for information on how to request an item from another library.


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