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Reading groups and book clubs

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.

Start a reading group or book club

Register a new reading group

Complete this form to join Dorset Libraries Reading Group Service at a cost of £50 per reading group per year.

Or print off and complete a registration form and take it to your local library:

We can offer you:

Order books for your reading group

Complete this form to order sets of books for your reading group.

Or print off and complete the reading group order form:

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

Suggest a reading group book

Suggest a book for us to purchase for reading groups by completing this form.

Browse the book lists

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