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Library Book Clubs

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Looking to join a book club? Santa Barbara Public Library hosts several each month in a wide variety of genres. You can even try out one of our Book Club in a Bag kits and host your own book discussions with friends.

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Crime Book Club

  • 1st Wednesdays @ 5 PM
  • Virtual

Join the Crime Book Club the first Wednesday of the month at 5:00 PM to discuss the best in mysteries, thrillers, and crime fiction. For the meeting link, book selection, and details about how to join these virtual meetings, please view the Library Calendar or sign up for the Book Club newsletter below.

fiction book club

Fiction Book Club

  • 2nd Tuesdays @ 5:30 pm
  • Virtual

Join the Fiction Book Club to meet other fiction lovers and discuss the month’s selected title. For the meeting link, book selection, and details about how to join these virtual meetings, please view the Library Calendar or sign up for the Book Club newsletter below.

indy book club

Indy Book Club

Join Santa Barbara Public Library and the Santa Barbara Independent for book discussions with the Indy Book Club. Find more information about reading selections at the Indy website, and find details about upcoming meetings on the Library Calendar.

Montecito Book Club

Montecito Book Club

  • Fourth Tuesdays @ noon
  • Montecito Library

Join the Montecito Book Club to discuss a new reading selection. Find more information on these in-person meetings and each month’s selected title on the Library Calendar or sign up for the Book Club newsletter below.

 

romance book club

Romance Book Club

  • 2nd Wednesdays @ 5:30 PM
  • Virtual

Join the Romance Book Club the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 PM to meet other romance readers in the community, chat about your favorite romances, and discuss the month's selected title. For the meeting link, book selection, and details about how to join these virtual meetings, please view the Library Calendar or sign up for the Book Club newsletter below. 

Book Club in a Bag

Run your own book club with our Book Club in a Bag kits. These kits contain everything your book group needs to enjoy reading and discussing your next book club title. 

Kits can be found and requested in the Library catalog, and Library staff members are happy to help you place holds in person, over the phone, or via chat. 

Kits are checked out to one person, who is responsible for returning the bag and all of its contents to the Library. Need help keeping track of who has which book? You can print a blank list to keep track of each copy.

Book Club Checkout Lists

  • Kits can be checked out for 6 weeks and cannot be renewed. 
  • Unless otherwise noted, each adult kit contains 10 copies of a title, and each children's kit contains 12 copies of a title

Sign Up for Book Club Updates

To receive monthly updates with title selection and meeting updates, sign up for a newsletter for each book club:

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