Book Club Express

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In 2019, Salinas Public Library established Book Club Express (BCE) service to support book clubs throughout Salinas. Modeled after Monterey County Free Libraries Book Club to Go, Salinas Public Library's Book Club Express offers a one stop resource for book clubs with a variety of titles in fiction, non-fiction, English and Spanish. Each BCE bag includes ten copies of the book, one set of discussion questions, one set of discussion leader tips, and one sign-out sheet.

BCE bags are housed at the John Steinbeck Library, and can be checked out for six weeks. Bags can be requested at the library or by placing a hold request for pick up at any Salinas Public Library locations. 

Not every book is for every book club. Please read the book before reserving it for your group. If you need a recommendation, ask your librarian for help


Requesting a bag 

  • BCE bag can be requested in person at John Steinbeck Library or by placing a hold request for pick-up at any Salinas Public Library locations.
  • List of titles available through BCE: Book Club Express titles

Checking out a bag

  • Each bag will be checked out on the library card of the person who reserves it. That person is responsible for the bag and all of its contents. 
  • Each person may only check out one BCE bag at a time.
  • Bags must be checked out as a whole; individual contents cannot be checked out separately. 
  • Bags will be checked out for a period of six weeks. 
  • A bag may be renewed provided no other group has a hold on it. To renew a bag, or to cancel a hold please contact us directly.

Returning a bag

  • Please check to make sure all of the contents are present before returning a bag.
  • If your group loses or damages a book you have two options: replace it with another copy of the book that is the same edition and in good condition, or pay the replacement fee for the book ($15).
  • Replacement fees for an entire bag including its contents are $150.
  • Bags must be returned by the date they are due. Overdue bags will incur a fee of 25 cents per day.
  • Bags with missing contents will also incur a fee of 25 cents per day until the missing items are returned.
  • Bags must be returned to a library staff during open hours. They cannot be returned in the book drop.