Welcome to our new-look reading group page

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 lends sets of books exclusively to reading groups who register with us, with no reservation fees. As most reading groups meet monthly, groups borrow these books for eight weeks dated from when they are notified that the set is ready for them to collect.

If you would like to register a reading group with Explore York Libraries, you can do so at any library in the York area. You will be given a reading 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 but we are unable to guarantee that all titles will be available in all formats. From 1 September 2021 we are starting to charge an annual subscription of £25 per group which will enable us to continue buying new sets for you to borrow.

If you already have a reading group ticket and did not respond to our online survey please get in touch with the library where you usually collect your books and they will help you to update your ticket.

The Reading Group Collection

We are pleased to be able to share our refreshed reading group collection and to introduce you to an easy way to browse and search the sets and let us know what you would like to read. You can now browse and search our reading group sets on our online catalogue.

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When you have decided what you would like to read you can click on an order sets button to open a form to let us know which titles you would like to read over the next 6 months.

Order sets »

We will try our best to reserve them for you in the order you have specified, but may need to change the order if another group has already reserved them. When your specified library has requested your books, they will send you an email to confirm that the titles have been requested for you and will notify you when they are ready for collection.
If any of the titles are not available, your library will follow up and help you to select alternatives.

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Suggest a New Reading Group Title

If you would like to suggest a new title for the collection please let us know here

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