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Can I check out a book club set from JPL?
Yes. You can check out an available single book or multiple copies for your book club group.
How long can I keep the set?
Book club sets check out for six weeks.
Can I renew my book club book(s).
Since our book club books sets are often “on the move” they may not be renewed.
How do I find out what sets JPL lends and if they are available?
Go to the Johnston Public Library website https://www.johnstonlibrary.com/, hover over BROWSE and select Book Club sets from the drop-down menu. You may browse the entire collection or refine your search by clicking on “Status: Checked-in titles only”. A helpful summary is listed after each book title.
How do I place a hold on a book club set or book?
Call the library (515-278-5233) and ask for assistance in placing a set on hold or on the library website navigate to Browse > Book Club Sets. After selecting a title, click the “place hold” link. Choose one or multiple copies. Choosing multiple copies will open an order form. Enter the number of copies needed, dates of group handout and discussion, and, if you have not already logged in to your account, your barcode number. The submitted form will be sent to a staff person who will fill your order, check it out to your account, and alert you when it is ready to be picked up. If you do not already have a library card, please call the Circulation Desk for assistance.
Should each person from my book club check out their own copy?
We find that it is best to have the book club set checked out on one account.
How do I pick up a reserved book club set?
When you are notified by email or phone call that your set is ready for pick up, please come to the Circulation Desk. A staff member will give you your checked-out book club set in a tote bag. You are on your way!
How do I return a book club set?
Please bring your set (including the tote bag), to the Circulation Desk. Staff will take care of checking it in!
What if someone from my group has not returned their book and the set is due?
No problem. Bring in the set and we will check in the returned books. We will then work with you in resolving the missing book.