We started to re-open on 7 July and we began to offer our reading group sets for loan again. This service will be slightly different until January 2021, as some groups still have books on loan, and we have missed 4 months when groups have had titles booked that we have not been able to supply.

From 6 July to 11 January, we are not able to supply any titles that groups have reserved. We will start taking reservations again on 11 January 2021, following a consultation process about how we work with reading groups going forward.

If you would like to borrow a reading group set, please look at the titles on the spreadsheet below and make a note of the ones you are interested in borrowing. Contact Clifton Explore by phone 01904 552662, or email clifton@exploreyork.org.uk and they will check that the books are available and arrange a time for you to collect them from your nearest library. We are unable to reserve titles for you in advance.

During the coronavirus lockdown we’ve put together an Explore at Home: Reading page with links to bookish things for readers and readers groups.

Joining a reading group is a fantastic way to meet people, make friends, share your favourite books and read something new!

Our registered reading groups read anything from accounts of world-changing scientific discoveries to autobiographical comics, from gritty thrillers to sparkling romances, and meet anywhere from libraries to coffee shops, private homes to pubs.

Explore York offers sets of books available to reading groups who register with us, with no reservation or late fees. As most reading groups meet monthly, you will also be able to borrow these books for six weeks – twice as long as the standard loan period.

If you’d like to register a reading group with Explore York Libraries, you can do so for free at any library in the York area. You will be issued with a community group ticket with which you can borrow reading group book sets. Some of our titles may also be available in large print, ebook and audio format – check the spreadsheet below.

Library-run Reading Groups

We have several in-house reading groups which meet monthly, in various libraries. Further details can be found in the What’s On section. Please contact the relevant libraries for more information, or if you’d like to join.

Our reading group sets

At the last count we had over 180 reading group book sets – hopefully something to interest everyone! These are listed in the spreadsheet below.

You can open a full screen version or download the list using the icons in the bottom right of the table.

In addition to the reading group sets above, we also have some sets which are available as ebooks only.   The “reading together” ebook collection can all be borrowed by unlimited numbers of readers at one time. Our E-Library is free to use, have a look at the e-books webpage to learn how.

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