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Book Group and KitKeeper FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Book clubs may now request book group sets from Yakima Valley Libraries. Each set contains eight (8) copies of the book. Reservations for the sets are managed online using the KitKeeper system. The following information will help you use this new system. Please note, “sets” and “kits” may be used interchangeably.

Getting Started

Reserving Sets (step-by-step instructions)

Managing Sets

Set Check-out and Return

Getting Started

What can I do in KitKeeper?

KitKeeper is designed as a self-service tool so that you can conveniently browse the Library’s book club set collection, reserve sets for your book group, and manage your list of reservations.

Why can’t I just reserve a book club set in the regular catalog like I do with other materials?

Our online catalog is wonderful for many things. Making sure you get a title on a particular date three months from now is not one of them. While you can search for the book club sets in the catalog, each title will have a link to take you to KitKeeper to reserve that set.

How do I access KitKeeper?

KitKeeper is linked on Yakima Valley Libraries homepage. Go to www.yvl.org and look for the “Book Clubs” icon.

How do I log in to KitKeeper?

Your login is your Yakima Valley Libraries card number and password. If you don’t know (or can’t remember) your password, please contact your local library to re-set it.

How do I schedule titles in KitKeeper?

Each title in KitKeeper shows availability on a calendar, similar to making a hotel or flight reservation online. When you schedule a reservation, you are selecting a pickup date, likely a few days before your group will meet and you hand out the individual copies of the book for the next month’s discussion. KitKeeper will then reserve that title for a block of time that includes travel to and from your selected pick-up library, up to a week at your library waiting for pickup, a five (5) week check-out period, and time for library staff to prepare the set for the next group. Please return your set by the due date. Everyone has been inconvenienced at some point by not getting their books on time. Delivering kits to groups on time depends on every group and individual members taking responsibility to return kits on time.

How do I search for sets in KitKeeper?

If you already know the name of the set you would like to reserve or would like to look at the sets available in a particular month, jump down to the next section. Otherwise:

Reserving Kits (step-by-step instructions)

A few notes before you begin reserving…

Setting Your Pickup Library:

If you want to pick up your book club set today, you will need to select Yakima Central (the downtown Yakima branch) as your pickup location.
All other branches will require travel time as kits are delivered to the branches by our regular courier. Check with your branch if you’re not sure which days the courier arrives.

Title Alphabetization:
In the alphabetical title list, the English language articles A, An, and The are not used for filing, so The Boys in the Boat would be found in the list under B.

Titles with Multiple Sets:
When a title has two sets, check both sets to see which has the best available date for your group. Or if you have a larger group, look for these titles and reserve both.

You are now ready to begin reserving!