Shaker Heights Public Library maintains a collection of books in multiple copies for the convenience of our customers who may wish to use them for their book discussion groups.
What books are available?
An alphabetical listing by title includes brief annotations of the book sets currently owned by the Library. Ask to see the list at the Information Desk at either Main Library or Bertram Woods Branch or download a copy HERE.
How many copies are available?
Our book discussion sets contain 15 copies of each book.
Who may borrow these books?
Any group wishing to borrow these book discussion sets is eligible for the service. One book group member should be designated to borrow all copies and to return them to the library.
What is the procedure for borrowing a book set?
Call the Information Desk at the Main Library, 216-991-2030.
The librarian will ask for:
First and second title choices
Date of pickup (Books are often distributed at the meeting before the discussion date)
Name and phone number of the responsible book group member
The librarian will tell you:
The number of copies available
When and where (Main Library or Woods Branch) the books will be ready for pickup
The date books are due back to the library
The designated book group member will:
Pick up the set of books
Charge out all books on his/her library card at the Circulation Desk
Is there a fee charged for the service?
There is no fee for this service; however, fines are charged for overdue books.
How long is the loan period?
The loan period varies according to the needs of the group. Usually discussion groups prefer to borrow the book one month before the discussion date. Returns are usually due one week after the discussion to allow time for the copies to be collected.
Will the library provide a book discussion leader?
We do not provide a leader, but we are pleased to provide background information about the book and author.
Is there space at the library for book discussion groups?
Yes. Community meeting rooms at both Main Library and Woods Branch are available for a small fee. These rooms must be reserved in advance either online or by calling the library.