Frequently Asked Questions

Loan Stars is a readers’ advisory service that allows library staff across Canada to collaboratively select their favourite forthcoming titles. Using BNC CataList, a free online catalogue tool, library staff can nominate their most anticipated picks.

Each month, Loan Stars will create a top 10 list(s) of popular titles, based on the votes of library staff. Lists are shared with library staff and patrons, promoted by publishers and authors, distributed through the Loan Stars channels, and published by our media partners.

Anyone employed at a library in Canada! Be sure to sign up for your free CataList account using your library email address. If you are passionate about books and interested in discovering great new reads, Loan Stars is for you!

If you're based in the United States, there's a library-oriented top 10 list for you too! Check out LibraryReads today.

All you need is a library email address. Voting for Loan Stars occurs in CataList, which is a free online catalogue tool that allows libraries to access the most up-to-date publisher catalogues.

  1. Sign up for your free CataList account by visiting bnccatalist.ca or contact the CataList team.
  2. Log in to CataList and start browsing the Loan Stars catalogues.
  3. To request a digital or physical copy of a forthcoming book, look for the READ ME button in CataList. You can request a copy directly from the publisher or make your request in NetGalley, an online resource that allows libraries to access digital galleys:
  4. To vote, all you need to do is click the "Vote" button under the books you want to nominate while logged in to your CataList account. When casting your vote, you also have the option to create or link to a review, promoting the title of your choice!

Voting takes place in CataList. To vote, simply log in to CataList and click the “Vote” button under your selected title. When you cast your vote, you will have the option to create a review or link to a review from another source (e.g., your personal blog). You can vote on any pre-publication fiction, non-fiction, juvenile, or young adult title, as long as it appears in CataList.

No, you can vote on any titles that are published in Canada. They don't need to be written by a Canadian author or published by a Canadian publisher.

Eligible titles are limited to English-language fiction, non-fiction, juvenile, and young adult titles. All books must be forthcoming and publishing for the first time, not just in a new format. If you think a title should be available and it isn't, email us here.

To get a free advanced copy to read, look for the 'READ ME' button under the book you want to request in CataList. Clicking the READ ME button will open a dropdown, allowing library staff to 'Request at NetGalley' or 'Request from Publisher' if both options are available for a title. If ARCs are not made available for request, the READ ME button will not display.

Make sure to sign up for NetGalley, an online resource that allows libraries to access digital galleys:

On the CataList home page, users who are logged in can find a link to a catalogue containing all the NetGalley content available on CataList. Check back often as there are new books available weekly!

The monthly lists will be distributed via email. Subscribe to our mailing list. You can also find the lists on loanstars.ca.

If you have a platform on which you'd like to share past or present Loan Stars top 10 lists, you are free to repost a list, as presented, once it has been published on the Loan Stars website. Any lists must be attributed to the Loan Stars program as well as BookNet Canada and the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC/CBUC). When hyperlinked, the link must lead back to loanstars.ca. Suggested text is provided below:

"Loan Stars' monthly lists of the top upcoming books are voted on by library staff across Canada and organized by BookNet Canada and the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC/CBUC). More information is available at loanstars.ca."

Spread the word! Encourage your fellow library staff members to vote for their favourite titles each month. If you're a publisher, make your forthcoming titles' ARCs and/or interior images available in CataList. Share the top lists via social media with the hashtag #loanstars and/or #RequestReadVote. If you're interested in participating in the planning committee for Loan Stars, please contact us here.

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