Reading Groups

Reading Groups

Starting or joining a group

Our friends at the Reading Agency maintain a database of the reading groups in the UK. If you would like to start your own reading group download the Reading Agency's How to Start a Reading Group resource pack for tips on how to get started.

To find a reading group that’s accepting new members and express an interest in joining, visit Finding a Group at

If you're interested in joining a reading group that meets regularly in a Newcastle Libraries branch, please email: and let us know!

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Borrowing books for your reading group

Newcastle Libraries has more than 230 titles available for reading groups to borrow. Discover reading group titles on Newcastle Libraries catalogue.

Request the title you'd like by email to: Newburn Library.

It's best to choose two or three titles as some may already be on loan.  Your reading group leader will receive an email when books are ready to be collected from your chosen pick-up library. Books may be collected by the group leader or by individual group members. If collecting from City Library, visit the information pods on Level 3.

We also offer access to copies of eBooks and eAudiobooks for those who prefer to use digital devices. Email with your request. 

As soon as you’re finished with your book, return it to any Newcastle Libraries branch. Easy!


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    You can meet online

    Newcastle Libraries can help to facilitate reading groups who wish to continue to meet online or prefer hybrid meetings. Contact us at for more information. 

    You can borrow online

    You can download eBooks and eAudiobooks from Borrowbox. Some titles can be downloaded by multiple users, so all your group can read / listen to the same title at the same time. Look out for the section called Always Available - eBooks & Always Available eAudiobooks. These titles change from month to month so it's worth checking regularly.

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