Books in a Bag


imgbooksinabagBooks in a Bag is Memphis Public Library’s value-added service for our book club patrons! The program is a one stop shop for all of your book club reading and discussion needs.

Each bag also includes:

  • 10 copies of one title
  • Booklet with background materials
  • Author biography
  • Discussion questions
  • Advice on how to start and sustain a book club

Available Titles

You can also try our “Books in a Bag” email notification (powered by Google feedburner), which will send an email whenever a new “Bookclub kit” title is added to our catalog.

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Checkout Guidelines

  • Bags are free and can be checked out by anyone with a valid Memphis Public Library and Information Center card.
  • Each cardholder may checkout one bag at a time for a period of six weeks. Bags are not renewable.
  • Holds may be placed or requested under existing policies for Holds.
  • The customer checking out the Books in a Bag set assumes all responsibility for the return of the bag and its contents.

The Books In a Bag kits are located at the Whitehaven Branch Library call 415-2781 for details.

Return Guidelines

  • Books in a Bag must be returned inside the library to Circulation Staff.
  • When you are picking up and returning your Bag, please check its contents against the list included in the booklet.
  • If the bag is incomplete when returned:
    • The customer may keep the bag to collect the missing parts before returning and continue to accrue overdue fines, or
    • The customer will be charged as follows for missing items:
      • Missing Bag – $10.00
      • Missing Barcode – $1.00
      • Missing Booklet – $3.00
      • Missing Book – Cover price plus $5.00 processing fee
      • Entire Kit Replacement – $175.00
  • Overdue Books in a Bag
    • The Books in a Bag set must be returned complete or billed as above for missing items.
    • Overdue Book in a Bag set incurs a $1.00 per day late charge.