Book clubs

Book club kits

Each bag contains 8-10 copies of a single title, a set of discussion questions, and tips for running a successful book club.

From the list of kits, click on the "Reserve Kit" button to request it. Ask Us for help reserving a kit or if you have questions about the service.

You will be notified by phone or email when your kit is available to be picked up at the Hennepin County Library location of your choice. We cannot change the pick up date. Kits must be returned to any Hennepin County Library location during open hours since they can't be returned in a book drop.

A kit is checked out to one book club member who is responsible for all of the materials. The fine for overdue kits is 30 cents a day, and fees for missing books will be charged to the book club member who checked out the kit.

The group may keep the kit for up to six weeks. Book club kits may not be renewed. A book club member can have up to six kits reserved at one time.

Complete list of book club kits

Kits are generally for adults and include fiction, nonfiction and large print titles. Some kits with teen titles are available for adult and teen readers. The list includes links to online copies of the discussion questions and information about the author.

Once a date is selected for kit pick up it may not be changed since future reservations will be based on this information.

Check by title for available dates

Select the title you'd like to read and click on the "Reserve Kit" link to find out its available dates.

Check by date for available titles

Select the date when you'd like to pick up a kit and click on the "Submit" button to get a list of available titles. Remember to check your chosen location's open days and hours when you pick your date.

Check or cancel your reservation

To see which kit(s) you have reserved, you will need your library card's barcode number and PIN.

Online resources



Contemporary Authors

Complete biographical and bibliographic information on U.S. and international authors. Includes awards and honors, adaptations, and commentary.

Dictionary of Literary Biography

Essays on authors, historians, journalists, screenwriters, publishers and playwrights. Includes biographical data, awards, bibliographies, descriptive overviews, images and reviews. DLB Yearbook offers literary events year by year.

Something about the Author

Articles and images detailing the lives and works of children's and teens' authors and illustrators.



Books in Print

Information on in print, out of print, or forthcoming books, eBooks, audiobooks, and videos. Includes reviews, contents, previews, author biographies, awards information, and publisher information.

Gale Literature Archive

One search location for Gale's online literature archive resources, including Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete, Literature Criticism, and Something About the Author.

Literature Criticism Online

Commentary from broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books, and journals. Covers poetry, drama, novels, short stories, and more. Goes back to 1400.

Literature Resource Center

Biographies, bibliographies and critical analysis of authors from every age and literary discipline. Includes criticism, plot summaries, and dictionary of literary terms. Goes back to 1400.


Full-text poems, short stories, essays, speeches and plays with summaries, biographies and images. Some content is citations and abstracts.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Resources for finding fiction and nonfiction titles for children and teens by topic, genre, grade level, and Lexile score. Includes read-alikes, discussion guides, reviews and articles. 

NoveList Plus

Information and resources to find fiction and nonfiction titles. Includes author read-alikes, discussion guides, reviews and articles.

Downloads and eBooks

Downloads and eBooks

3M Cloud Library

Downloadable books for readers of all ages. Access limited to Hennepin County residents and property owners.

Getting started? Find 3M Online Help under "About" once you are in the resource.


Downloadable audiobooks for children, teens, and adults. Access limited to Hennepin County residents and property owners.

Getting started? Find OneClickdigital Support by clicking the question mark at the top right once you are in the resource.

OverDrive Digital Library

Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks and streaming videos for all ages. Access limited to Hennepin County residents and property owners.

Getting started? Find OverDrive Help link at the top right once you are in the resource. 


Online magazines which can be read in your web browser or downloaded via app. No limit to how many you can check out and they may be kept indefinitely.

Getting started? Find Zinio Help at the bottom right once you are in the resource. 

Other library catalogs

Other library catalogs

MnLINK (Minnesota Library Information Network)

A statewide virtual library to search for library resources across Minnesota. Use MnLINK to make Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests for materials within and outside of Minnesota.


Library materials from public and academic institutions across the world. To request materials through Interlibrary Loan, use MnLINK.

Plays, poetry and short stories

Plays, poetry and short stories

Columbia Granger's World of Poetry

Full-text of widely read poems, plus commentaries and biographies.

Loeb Classical Library

Classical Greek and Latin texts alongside English translations. Spans eighteen centuries, from 800 BC to 1000 AD, and includes epic and lyric poetry; tragedy and comedy; history, travel, philosophy, and oratory.

Play Index

Plays written from antiquity to today and published from 1949 to the present. Covers plays written in or translated into English, including mysteries, pageants, plays in verse, puppet performances, radio and television plays, and classic drama.

Short Story Index

Citations and some full-text stories from collections and anthologies published each year in all literary genres. Goes back to 1984.

Theatre in Video

Productions of the world's leading plays and documentaries discussing the history of theatre, acting methods, pioneering dramatists, and actors.

Author alerts

Get an alert by email or text message when the Library orders a new title by one of your favorite authors or performers.

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