Reading group sets
We provide sets of books for groups to borrow
There are over 1700 sets available. The focus is on modern fiction, but we also provide some classics and non-fiction works.
Most sets have 10 copies of a title and, if available, we can also supply up to 2 large print and 2 spoken word editions for use by group members who have difficulty reading standard print due to sight loss or other conditions.
- Register your group
To borrow reading group sets, sign up for group membership at your local library. Once you have registered your group, you can order sets online or at your local library.
Your membership also entitles you to borrow playsets.
You can also browse sets and check availability from the spreadsheet link on the request form.
- Check availability
Before making a request, check whether the set is available.
Existing bookings are blocked out in red. Make sure there is a clear 3 month slot, starting with the month in which you want to pick up the set. For example, if you wish to pick up the set in March, check the spreadsheet to ensure that March, April and May are free. This is to allow for transportation between bookings and to ensure groups get their sets on time.
- Request to borrow a reading group set
Once you have checked availability, sets can be booked using the online form or in person at the library where you registered. Multiple requests can be placed on the one form and you can book up to 12 months in advance. You can also request playsets on this form as well.
- New additions
Select the New Additions tab of the Reading Group Sets spreadsheet to find the most recent titles added to our collection.
You can then check availability on the same spreadsheet and book in the usual way.
- Read and add reviews
When choosing sets for your group it often helps to see what others have enjoyed.
- Cancel a booking
Lost or damaged items
Any item borrowed from a Hampshire library can be replaced by a good quality replacement copy or by paying the replacement cost.