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Resources for reading groups

Surrey libraries have reopened

Surrey County Council has reopened thirteen libraries as part of a programme to gradually reopen across the county from 6 July, in line with Government guidance. The first libraries to reopen were Camberley, Dorking, Egham, Epsom, Farnham, Godalming, Guildford, Horley, Oxted, Redhill, Staines, Weybridge and Woking.

We're working hard to start reopening services in other libraries and further updates will be posted on our Coronavirus information page, which also includes information about what services are available, which services are paused, and the safety measures in place.

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 will first need to register with RBdigital to access our selected eBook and eAudiobook services for reading groups.

Once registered, simply login with your individual library cards, scroll down the page to find a book from our new range, Reading Groups Audio and Reading Groups eBooks, and all members of the group will be able to read the same book, at the same time.

eBook and eAudiobook loans are for three weeks (21 days), not the usual six weeks for reading groups, and are renewable (where available) but not reservable. Loans are also limited to one copy per library card or login.

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

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Subscribe to our Reading Groups' Newsletter for all the latest news, reviews and regular features. Email 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 (PDF) from Surrey Libraries in 2019. The list also shows where a title is available in Large Print (LP), Audiobook (TCD), or DVD 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.

Files available to download