The U-M Library is piloting support for campus book clubs. This includes book clubs and reading groups that are run through colleges, schools, and departments, as well as official student organizations or other groups affiliated with the University of Michigan. We are not able to provide these services to community and unaffiliated book clubs.
Access to books
We will provide access to up to three print copies of a book selected by a campus book club. E-book and e-audiobook options are possible, but with popular titles they are often not available on the library supported platforms or are only provided for one person to use at a time.
For book club readers to access the books, we can either place them on reserve or add them directly to the library's collection.
- Books on reserve will have a one week loan (if not also being used by a course). This may allow more readers to access the books.
- Books in the collection will have the same loan period as any other books from that library. This will allow for longer loans, but make it difficult for many readers to access the same book in a timely manner.
Request book club books
To request books for a U-M affiliated campus book club, please email email@example.com at least three weeks in advance of your need and include the:
- book club organizer’s name
- name of the book club
- citation information for the book being read
- dates the book will be discussed
- formats of interest (print, e-audiobook, and/or e-book)
In addition, please let us know whether you would like the books placed on reserve for your book club or put in the collection.
Access to space
The library has a variety of spaces where you can host your campus book club meeting. If you prefer an informal space, Bert's Study Lounge is a great option for small groups. Located on the first floor of the Shapiro Library and adjacent to Bert's Cafe, Bert’s Study Lounge is a lively open space where students and other members of the campus community gather to collaborate and socialize.
If you are interested in a more formal, quiet space, our group study rooms might be the option for you. Rooms can be reserved in advance and accomodate anywhere from 6-12 people. Study Spaces has information on how reserve a room in Shapiro or the Duderstadt Center.
For any other inquiries about hosting a campus book club meeting in library space, please feel free to contact our Library Operations Outreach group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book club resources
If you are considering starting a book club, here are some additional resources that may be of interest:
- American Library Association web page on Book Discussion Groups
- IndieBound (independent booksellers) recommended books for reading groups
- United for Libraries book club choices
- Goodreads popular book club books
Book Club in a Bag
The U-M Library D.E.I.A. Team is excited to present our “Book Club in a Bag” collection!
We are kicking off our collection with the title “Becoming” by Michelle Obama. We will continue to add both fiction and nonfiction titles that promote Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Accessibility over time. Most kits come with 8 regular print copies of a book and a discussion guide. Kits can be checked out from Hatcher, Shapiro, and Duderstadt. Checkout times are for six weeks.
For more information and questions, please contact Thomas Dickens, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Manager at email@example.com.
Common Reads programs on campus
If you're interested in taking part in a shared reading experience outside of a specific book club, there are a number of common reads in the community, including:
- Michigan Engineering Common Reading Experience
- LSA Summer Reading List
- Washtenaw Reads (county-wide common read)
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.