A reading group is a group of people who meet together to talk about a book they have read. Sheffield already has over 250 registered groups.

They usually read one book a month, and many groups take the book out for free from a local library.

Some groups read a particular type of book each month; others read something different each time.

You don’t have to be an expert, just willing to chat about what you’ve read.

Groups meeting in libraries

Groups meet in libraries across the city.  These are free and open to all library members. 

Contact the libraries for details of upcoming dates, times and selected books.

Libraries with reading groups

  • Central library
  • Chapletown library
  • Crystal Peaks library
  • Ecclesall library
  • Highfield library
  • Hillsborough library
  • Parson Cross library
  • Firth park library

Start your own group

Our reading group pack tells you everything you need to know about setting up a reading group, and the support you can receive from Sheffield Libraries.

We stock sets of 10 books for reading groups to borrow. You can download a full list of our sets below.

You can reserve reading group sets by using our online catalogue and can arrange to pick them up at your local library. To do this you need to log in using your library card number and PIN.

If you prefer to choose your books by reading the 'blurb', you can browse through our sets in the Central Lending Library.

We also have a selection of Quick Reads sets which are useful for ESOL groups and a Urdu Women's Reading Group at Firth Park Library. Please contact us for more information.