Resources for reading groups

Libraries news and updates

We have completed the changes to our computer systems and most services are back up and running. You can now borrow, return, and renew items, make payments (in a library), borrow ebooks/eaudio and eresources and much more. We are still unable to offer some online services. For further details please see our library news page.

Our reading group resources

We regularly update three lists of titles available in multiple copies from our libraries:

eBooks and eAudiobooks for reading groups

Surrey Library members have access to a wide range of eLibrary services.

Reading group members have access to a selection of eBooks and eAudiobooks chosen especially for Reading Groups. All members of the group will be able to read the same book, at the same time. Each member of the group will need to borrow the books using their own library card and PIN number. Select a title from our Reading Groups eBook collection or from the Reading Groups eAudiobook collection.

The best way to access the service is through the Libby app. Getting started with the Libby app.

eBook and eAudiobook loans are for three weeks (21 days), not the usual six weeks for reading groups, and are renewable (where available.) Loans and holds are also limited to one copy of each title per library card or login. This means that reading group members will need to use their individual library cards to place holds and borrow books.

If you are interested in setting up your own virtual group to meet remotely, The Reading Agency has more information you might find useful on their website.

The ULibrary Talking Books Book Club allows adults to enjoy the same eAudiobook at the same time, and discuss it with Talking Books members around the world. If you are not already a ULibrary member, you will first need to register for a ULibrary login.

Reading groups' newsletter

Subscribe to our Reading Groups' Newsletter for all the latest news, reviews and regular features. Email readinggroups@surreycc.gov.uk and request to join our mailing list.

Most popular titles with reading groups in Surrey

We have also produced a list of the most popular titles borrowed by reading groups from Surrey Libraries in 2020. The list also shows where a title is available in Large Print (LP), Audiobook (TCD), or Ebook (Ebk) format.

Reading groups' reviews

We encourage reading groups to review books they have read:

Resources online

The following websites are useful for all sorts of book news and reviews, choosing books and up to date information about literary awards and prizes:

Websites for reading groups

Websites for book lovers

  • Lovereading – The UK's leading book recommendation website, designed to promote a love of books and reading to all.
  • NB Magazine – A topical magazine for readers and reading groups.
  • Whichbook - Enables millions of combinations of factors and then suggests books which most closely match your needs.

General sites

Have a look at our recommended reading list or our books and libraries web links for more general sites.


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