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.

Go to the What’s On section to see when our library groups are meeting




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


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.

The latest list should appear above. Click on the column headings to narrow down the list to sets in which you may be interested. You can open a full screen version or download the list using the icons in the bottom right of the table.

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

Suggest a book for the collection