We support reading groups and book clubs by offering you:

  • borrow sets of 10 copies of a title
  • extended borrowing of up to 8 weeks
  • reservations on multiple sets of books
  • borrow a maximum of 12 sets of books per year
  • approximately 800 titles to choose from, selected by librarians and informed by reading groups

There is a reading group subscription charge of £50 per year, which replaces voluntary donations.

We can offer you:

  • information about reading groups you can join in your area
  • a reading group information pack with advice on how to start and run a group
  • Dorset Libraries reading group membership
  • a reservation service for multiple copy sets selected for group reading
  • reserve titles from 1 month to 1 calendar year in advance (book at least one month before)  

Register a new reading group

Join Dorset Libraries Reading Group Service at a cost of £50 per reading group per year.

Running a reading group or book club

We can help you run your reading group or book club by:

Providing a reading group information pack full of:

  • information and advice on running a book club
  • how to discuss different types of writing such as poetry, memoir and non-fiction

Providing a reading group book list of available titles, including:

  • a synopsis of each book
  • whether the book is available in large print or audio format (not included in the sets but available to order)
  • number of pages in each book
  • the genre of each book

Suggesting you join Reading Groups for Everyone where you can:

  • find a reading group
  • add your own group to their list
  • find book reviews and book recommendations
  • sign up to their newsletter
  • enter competitions
  • find discounts and promotions

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