Reading group booksets
We provide sets of books for reading groups to borrow
There are over 1600 Book 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 / spoken word editions for use by group members who have difficulty reading print due to sight loss or other conditions.
Once you have registered your group at your local library, you can order sets online.
- Reading Group membership
To borrow Reading Group Sets, sign up for group membership at your local library.
Group membership costs £15 per year
Here are the benefits:
- a wide range of titles supplied in convenient sets
- you can borrow 12 sets per year (maximum 2 sets at a time)
- each set can be borrowed for up to 8 weeks
- you can reserve booksets up to 12 months in advance
- Check availability
Check availability on the link below for the Reading Group Sets where you can see our range of titles and check their availability before requesting a set. Make sure there is a clear three-month slot, starting with the month in which you want to pick up the set. For example, if your group wishes to collect a 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 books 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.
Groups can also order single copies via the regular reservation service, (standard charges apply).
- 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.