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Book groups

Find a book group

You can search for a book group near you or ask at your local library for more details. We support over 700 groups with a great choice of reads.

Start a book group

Register your group

By registering your group you:

  • are applying for a Book Group Card which gives you the option to order multiple copies of a chosen title which can be borrowed for up to three months
  • can choose to join the book group list which can be shared with other interested readers

You can complete a Book Group Registration form or go to your local library and tell them:

  • the name of your group
  • where and when you will meet
  • what quantity and format of books you will need (we may be able to supply large print or audio books)
  • the name and contact details of the organiser

Meet in your local library

Talk to library staff if your group would like to use a space in your local library.

Get ideas for what to read

We have lots of reading recommendations for book groups. We also have a list of available titles for your book group. You can also subscribe to the book group e-newsletter for reading ideas and to keep up to date with other book groups in Essex.

If you have a favourite author and want to read similar books visit the Who Else Writes Like website for ideas.

You can request titles for your reading group using the Book Group Reading Choices form

Record of books on loan

We recommend you keep a log of which member has which copy of the books your group has on loan (using the barcode inside the book that starts 30130...).

You can use this form to record these details.

Get ideas for book club questions

There are plenty of book club questions available at the back of books themselves, or online.

Share your book reviews

You can share your individual or group reviews with us by emailing

Online Book Groups

If you’re looking for ways to continue your book group activities or are interested in setting up a new virtual group, these websites can help:

Watch one of our book group videos on YouTube for more tips and ideas. 

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