Reading groups

If you've ever read a brilliant book and wanted to talk about it with someone who's read it too.

Reading groups - also known as book groups - meet regularly to discuss books. They range from a few friends getting together to more organised groups set up in libraries. They are relaxed, informal and, above all, fun.

Start a reading group

Download the reading group guide, which contains information and ideas for starting your own group:

These resources can help you run your group:

Already in a group?

If you are already in a group, you can join our free reading groups service which gives you access to more than 500 sets of books.

See what's available in the following documents:

You can have up to three sets of books on loan to your group at any one time. If there is a title that you would like to read which is not on the list, you can recommend it to us and we will consider it for inclusion next time we refresh the collection.

You can find out more information in this reading group membership factsheet (pdf format, 81Kb)

To join the service, please complete the joining  form (docx format, 48Kb) and hand in at any Oxfordshire library

Reading groups in libraries

Oxfordshire Library Service runs monthly reading groups for adults in some libraries.

For more details about individual groups, please contact the libraries direct:

TeaBooks Reading Groups

Teabooks are social book groups  - for those over 60 - to help older people share a love of books and reading while making new friends. Each group is run by a volunteer group leader, who works alongside their local library to borrow the books, so there is no need for group members to buy them.  The groups meet once a month for an hour, and there is a nominal charge per meeting.

Teabooks groups bring mental stimulation, friendship and laughter to the places where people can easily gather, whether in a local library, sheltered accommodation, or local pub.

TeaBooks is an Oxfordshire-wide project which our libraries support alongside Age UK Oxfordshire.

How to get in touch

Teabooks love hearing from members of their local communities all around Oxfordshire and they do their best to match them up with their nearest group. 

If you are interested in joining a group, or being a Volunteer Coordinator, please get in touch: