Reading groups


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Libraries help reading groups to start up and choose books. The annual charge of £60 per group includes:

  • access to over 1,100 sets of books, delivered free to your local library
  • borrowing multiple copies of the same book
  • regular book magazines and newsletters.

There are also groups for children and teenagers which are free to join.

View the reading group books

Ordering reading group books

Please ask library staff to reserve reading group books for you – they can’t be reserved online. We recommend planning the year ahead and booking them in advance.

View our online list for descriptions of each book, or download the printable booklists:

We can also try to get copies of books for you that are not on the list.

Types of reading group

  • Reading groups – also known as book groups or book clubs – get together on a regular basis to talk about books. They meet in libraries, cafés, pubs or people’s homes to discuss a book they’ve read. Many groups meet monthly so everyone has enough time to read the book.
  • Read aloud groups – also known as Feel better with a book groups – meet more regularly, usually weekly, to read aloud and listen to stories and poems. A volunteer leads the group and you can join in as much or as little as you want. They’re friendly and relaxing groups and you don’t need to read anything before meeting.
  • Books Beyond Words group at Seaford Library is for adults with learning disabilities to share books together to help explore and understand their own experiences. Uckfield Library supports the Books Beyond Words group that meets in Crowborough. Please ask staff for further details.
  • Little Explorers book club rewards children under five with a range of 10 certificates. Collect a stamp each time you visit the library and when you have six stamps you can claim your certificate.
  • Chatterbooks: Chatterbooks reading clubs help children build a lifelong reading habit. Coordinated by the Reading Agency, sessions encourage reading for pleasure. At each Chatterbooks session children aged eight to twelve talk about what they are reading, take part in fun activities inspired by children’s books, and choose new books to take home and read. Because everything changes when we read.