Check Out a Book Club Set

Book Club Kits at Franklin

The Des Moines Public Library now offers Book Club Sets for checkout. Several dozen different books are available, from Margaret Atwood's latest release, The Testaments, to Jacqueline Woodson's new novel, Red at the Bone, to classics like Fahrenheit 451To see a full list of available Book Club Sets, click here. Each Book Club set contains 10 copies of the book, plus discussion notes, all in a convenient-to-use clear tote bag.

CONTEST: Let us outfit your next book club!

Let the Des Moines Public Library outfit your next book club meeting. Through Nov. 30, you and members of your book club can sign up at the form below for a chance to win Gateway Market gift cards so you can stock up with food, drinks and more at your next book club get-together. Check out your set at the library, then the rest of the evening is on us!

Book Club Sets FAQ

All available Book Club Sets are on display at the Franklin Avenue Library. But you can also view and reserve a set online, and we will deliver the set to the library building of your preference. 

Absolutely. Place a hold for any set online here.

Each set contains 10 books, and we unfortunately cannot split the set into smaller quantities.

60 days, max.

No. The sets are checked out for 60 days, and must be returned then.

You can return the set to any of our six Des Moines Public Library locations.

The person who checks out the set is responsible for every book in the set. Late fines apply, and the replacement fee for each lost book is $15 for hardcover, $10 for paperback. If the whole set is lost, the fee is $50.

Yes! Each Des Moines Public Library building hosts its own regular book discussion group that is open to the public. See a listing of upcoming meetings here

Enter For A Chance To Have Your Next Book Club On Us

The Des Moines Public Library is giving away gift cards to Gateway Market to four local book clubs. Now through November 30, sign up below for a chance to win gift cards ($50-$200) that you can use to buy food, wine, refreshments and anything else you need for your next book club meeting. Checkout a Book Club Set from the library, then use your winnings to make this your Best. Book Club. Ever.

Must be 18 years or older to enter. Multiple members of a book club can enter, but participants must provide a name for your book club. See official rules here.

Book Club Giveaway entry form