Reading groups


Reading the South – what does ‘the South’ mean to you?

Libraries help reading groups to start up and choose books. The annual charge of £60 per group includes:

  • access to over 1,100 sets of books, delivered free to your local library
  • borrowing multiple copies of the same book
  • regular book magazines and newsletters.

View the reading group books

Ordering reading group books

Please ask library staff to reserve reading group books for you – they can’t be reserved online. We recommend planning the year ahead and booking them in advance.

View our online list for descriptions of each book, or download the printable booklists:

We can also try to get copies of books for you that are not on the list.

Types of reading group

  • Reading groups – also known as book groups or book clubs – get together on a regular basis to talk about books. They meet in libraries, cafés, pubs or people’s homes to discuss a book they’ve read. Many groups meet monthly so everyone has enough time to read the book.
  • Read aloud groups – also known as Feel better with a book groups – meet more regularly, usually weekly, to read aloud and listen to stories and poems. A volunteer leads the group and you can join in as much or as little as you want. They’re friendly and relaxing groups and you don’t need to read anything before meeting.
  • Books Beyond Words groups at Seaford or Uckfield libraries are for adults with learning disabilities to share books together to help explore and understand their own experiences.
  • Little Explorers book club rewards children under five with a range of 10 certificates. Collect a stamp each time you visit the library and when you have six stamps you can claim your certificate.