Reading Groups

Reading groups are a great way of meeting new people and sharing your enjoyment of reading. Some meet in libraries, and others in community venues or people’s homes. Groups read anything from thrillers to poetry, biographies to graphic novels- it’s a great opportunity to try out something new! It is free to join any of the reading groups below.

General Library reading groups

Themed reading groups

Other reading groups in York

The Reading Group Book Collection

General Library reading groups

These groups meet monthly. The usual meeting day is listed below. Contact the library to confirm details of the meeting, including what the group is currently reading.

Acomb Explore: (two groups) First Monday, 6.30pm to 7.30pm and Fourth Thursday, 11am to 12 noon

Clifton Explore: (two groups) First Tuesday, 9.45am to 11.30am and   First Wednesday 2.15pm to 3.30pm

Copmanthorpe Library: (two groups) First Thursday, 10am to 11.30am and Third Tuesday 6pm to 7pm

Dringhouses Library: Second Friday, 2pm to 3.30pm

Fulford Library:Third Wednesday  6:45pm to 7:45pm, term time only

Huntington Library: First Thursday, 2pm to 3pm

New Earswick Library: First Thursday, 1.45pm to 2.45pm

Poppleton Library: Last Monday, 2pm to 3pm

Rowntree Park Reading Cafe: Last Tuesday, 2pm to 3pm

Strensall Library: Last Wednesday, 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Tang Hall Explore: First Monday, 6pm to 7pm

York Explore: Last Monday, 6.45pm to 7.45pm (also see the themed reading groups at York Explore listed below)

Themed Reading Groups

Haxby Library Book Chain. In a book chain, readers review books of their choice and pass them on to other members. Meetings are bi-monthly, on the second Wednesday of the month at 10.30am. Phone (01904) 552660 for details.
July 2016: Haxby Explore Library is currently operating from temporary premises due to structural problems, see the Haxby Explore webpage for the latest details.

York Explore Crime Reading Group is a new group meeting on the second Thursday of each month 6.30 – 7.30pm in the cafe area at York Explore. Have a chat and a coffee, make new friends.

York Explore ‘Reading in a Group’ is for people with dementia and their carers. Do you have favourite stories or poems or just enjoy reading or listening to someone else read, over a cuppa? York Explore 10.30 to 12.00 on the second Wednesday of the month.  To book a free place or if you would like more information please contact the Alzheimer’s Society on or (01904) 658106.

Other reading groups in York

The Little Apple Bookshop Reading Group on High Petergate meet monthly on Wednesdays at 7pm. Discussion is light-hearted and informal. Telephone (01904) 676103 or email for more information.

An alternative to joining a reading group is to take up bookcrossing. York has a bookcrosser’s meet-up. They meet on the 4th Tuesday in Brigantes on Micklegate. For more information about bookcrossing visit For details of the York Bookcrossers’ group, see

York Lesbian Reading Group are a handful of lively mixed age lesbians who meet bi-monthly at City Screen to choose, discuss, and rate literature by lesbian authors or with LGBT themes, as much as possible. The group would very much welcome new members to join them at any time. The meetings are held on the first Thursday every other month 7.15pm to 8.15pm. For more information email or visit their website.


The Reading Group Book Collection

If you register your Reading Group with the library, you are entitled to take out our sets of reading group books, for an extended loan period of six weeks.

York libraries have well over 100 sets of books for all reading groups to borrow, and we’re adding to the collection all the time. These sets can be borrowed free with a community group ticket – you can register at any library. Some of the titles may also be available in large print and audio format. Please download a PDF copy of the list

Registered groups are welcome to use this online form to suggest new titles for the collection.

Suggest a book for the collection