During the period of lockdown between 5 November and 2 December, we will be unable to offer our reading group sets for loan. If any groups have a set on loan at present, they will be renewed until 8 January 2021.

We have thirty titles in our e-library which individuals in a group can all borrow at the same time. You can look at the list and borrow the titles here.

We’ve also put together an Explore at Home: Reading, Culture and Creativity page with links to activities and events.

Joining a reading group is a fantastic way to meet people, make friends, share your favourite books and read something new!

Our registered reading groups read anything from accounts of world-changing scientific discoveries to autobiographical comics, from gritty thrillers to sparkling romances, and meet anywhere from libraries to coffee shops, private homes to pubs.

Explore York offers sets of books available to reading groups who register with us, with no reservation or late fees. As most reading groups meet monthly, you will also be able to borrow these books for six weeks – twice as long as the standard loan period.

If you’d like to register a reading group with Explore York Libraries, you can do so for free at any library in the York area. You will be issued with a community group ticket with which you can borrow reading group book sets. Some of our titles may also be available in large print, ebook and audio format – check the spreadsheet below.

Library-run Reading Groups

We have several in-house reading groups which meet monthly, in various libraries. Further details can be found in the What’s On section. Please contact the relevant libraries for more information, or if you’d like to join.

Our reading group sets

At the last count we had over 180 reading group book sets – hopefully something to interest everyone! These are listed in the spreadsheet below.

You can open a full screen version or download the list using the icons in the bottom right of the table.

In addition to the reading group sets above, we also have some sets which are available as ebooks only.   The “reading together” ebook collection can all be borrowed by unlimited numbers of readers at one time. Our E-Library is free to use, have a look at the e-books webpage to learn how.

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