Reading Groups and Services

Reading Groups and Services

From a vibrant programme of traditional reading groups to Reading Friends conversation clubs to projects that re-kindle the love of reading, Newcastle Libraries has services to suit every kind of reader.  Joining a group is a great way to explore new literature, meet people, and share what you love about books. 

Newcastle Libraries Reading Groups

Regular group meetings are a great way to explore new reading material and connect with new people. Groups run by Newcastle Libraries staff or trained volunteers can be found on this timetable of activities for adults and teens. 

We also host several independent reading groups across our library branches, reading a range of literature.  These groups include "Proud Pages" Queer reading group, Litpop group, Euro Crime and Deaf Readers.  Visit this interactive database for contact details. 


Starting your own reading group


If you would like to start your own reading group we can help you with that too.  We have volunteer positions available to start new groups in your community. See our vacancies on Volunteering Matters and apply to get started. 


Borrowing books for your reading group

Newcastle Libraries has more than 230 titles available for reading groups to borrow. Discover reading group titles on Newcastle Libraries catalogue.

Request the title you'd like by email to: Newburn Library.



Library Friends Conversation Clubs


Do you want to get together, chat, read, share stories, laugh, and build community in your local area? 


Join a Library Friends group with Newcastle Libraries!

We’re building a team of friendly group leaders who are comfortable bringing people together. 

The library service will provide reading material and conversation-starters but we also encourage our volunteers to bring the best of themselves to the sessions. Whatever your hobby or interest, we can find a way to build sessions around it. And once people start chatting, the conversation-starters are rarely needed! 

Join our team and help to tackle loneliness and improve wellbeing for your community. Full induction provided. 

To join a group or express an interest in volunteering, email

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You can borrow online

You can download eBooks and eAudiobooks from Borrowbox. Some titles can be downloaded by multiple users, so all your group can read / listen to the same title at the same time. Look out for the section called Always Available - eBooks & Always Available eAudiobooks. These titles change from month to month so it's worth checking regularly.

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