• What is Loan Stars?

    Loan Stars is a readers’ advisory service that allows library staff across Canada to collaboratively select their favourite forthcoming titles. Using CataList, a free, online catalogue tool, library staff can nominate their favourite picks, the most popular of which will be marketed to libraries and library users alike.

    Each month, Loan Stars will create a top 10 list of popular titles, based on the votes of library staff. Lists can be promoted and shared with your fellow staff and patrons.

  • Who can participate in Loan Stars?

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

  • How do I become a member?

    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. It also helps you access advance reading copies (see more on that below).

  • How does voting work?

    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 (for example, your personal blog). You can vote on any pre-publication, adult fiction or non-fiction title, as long as it appears in CataList.

  • How do I find forthcoming titles?

    Browse our monthly forthcoming fiction and non-fiction catalogues to discover titles eligible for voting. You can also explore the NetGalley catalogue to find titles you can request today.


  • When can I vote?

    You can vote at any time for any forthcoming book that’s at least two months away from publication! There’s no need to wait to place your vote for a particular title.

    Here is a timetable to clarify voting deadlines:

    Publication dateVoting deadline
    October 2016Aug. 31, 2016
    November 2016Sept. 30, 2016
    (and so on)
  • Are nominations limited to Canadian titles?

    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.

  • What do I do if there isn’t a “Vote” button next to the book I want to nominate?

    Eligible titles are limited to adult fiction and non-fiction and titles must be forthcoming. If you think a title should be available and it isn’t, then contact us at loanstars@booknetcanada.ca.

  • Why can’t I vote on children’s/YA titles?

    Loan Stars is currently focusing on adult fiction and non-fiction titles. We are considering adding juvenile and YA titles in the future.

  • Where can I get advance reading copies?

    Library staff can access digital galleys via NetGalley. Click here to sign up for a NetGalley account. Get more information on how NetGalley works here. For additional tips on things to consider when creating a NetGalley profile, click here.

    On the CataList homepage, there is a link to a NetGalley catalogue containing all the NetGalley content available on CataList. Check back often as there are new books available weekly!

    Alternatively, advance reading copies can also be directly requested from publishers on CataList. Simply select the “Read Me” button next to eligible titles and click “Request from Publisher.”

  • How can I access the monthly lists?

    The monthly monthly lists are posted on the Loan Stars website, and will be distributed via email. You can subscribe to our email list here. You can also find the lists on loanstars.ca.

  • I love this idea! How can I help?

    Spread the word! Encourage your fellow library staff members to vote for their favourite titles each month, and share our lists via social media with the hashtag #loanstars. If you are interested in participating in the planning committee for Loan Stars, please contact loanstars@booknetcanada.ca.

  • Other questions?

    Don’t hesitate to email us at loanstars@booknetcanada.ca.