Reading groups

How to set up a reading group, get support and order books.

Set up a new reading group

Reading groups are a great way to meet people and share your views about books you have read.

The PDF below contains information on starting your own reading group, ideas for discussion and developing it further.

Get support for reading groups

Our dedicated service supports over 350 groups in West Sussex. For an annual subscription (currently £33.00) we provide:

  • access to an online system or hotline phone number to place requests
  • a 7-week loan period
  • priority booking for library author events
  • an eNewsletter.

Library-hosted reading groups

As well as supporting private reading groups, many of our libraries host groups themselves.

Contact your local library to:

  • check if there's space in a library reading group
  • find out about groups in your area
  • get support to start your own group.

Request reading group books

Search the library catalogue, or see the 'Reading Group booklist' under 'Supporting documents' below, and then complete the reading group request form.

Reading group hotline: 033 022 25588 (Monday-Friday, 10.00am-4.00pm)

If you don't want to complete the online form, print off and complete the form below and hand it into your local library.

Make sure you:

  • request three titles at a time
  • provide alternatives in case your first choices are not available 
  • complete the 'Collection date' fields
  • indicate in the 'Additional information' field if you need books in large print or audio format, and how many you would like
  • avoid requesting books published within the last year
  • provide at least four weeks' notice for the books you require.

Please see the guidelines for reading groups below for more information.

We will confirm whether we can place your reservations, usually by the next working day.

Supporting documents

Last updated:
7 January 2020
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