Reading groups in Richmond libraries

Explore new books! Discover new authors! Swap reading ideas in a friendly library environment!

What is a reading group?

A reading group is a group of people who meet regularly to discuss books they are all reading. They range from an informal meeting of friends who know each other to organised gatherings set up in libraries and bookshops.

Discussions are focused on sharing personal experiences about the book you have read, your favourite bits, how it made you feel, whether or not you liked the characters etc. It doesn’t even matter if you don’t manage to finish the book, just come along and hear what others have to say. It’s all about relaxing and having fun.

Reading groups are a good way to meet new people and share your passion for reading. They are a great way to try out a range of different books and authors, developing and challenging your reading habits. Groups can read anything from crime to poetry, graphic novels to classics, or focus on a particular genre.

Create your own…

Richmond libraries are keen to support and encourage local reading groups. Find out what we can do for your group by downloading our support pack.

We will provide the facilitator of your group with a reading group membership card at your local library. Books can be issued for an extended loan period of up to 8 weeks, if required. In order to register your group, email promotions@richmond.gov.uk or ring 020 8734 3325 - we will need the following information: name of reading group; name of contact person; email; telephone; address; book collection branch; number of members in the reading group.

Once you’re registered you will be able to easily browse available book titles from home by looking at our list of booksets. This list is regularly updated with new sets so make sure you check the online version for new additions. The booksets are kept centrally for loan to reading groups and can be requested by emailing promotions@richmond.gov.uk in advance and listing two or three title choices in order of preference, the number of copies you require for your group and the library you would like to collect them from. For further information or to find out what we can do for your group download our support pack (pdf, 643.1 KB).

… or join a library reading group

Have a look at the list and contact library staff at the branch of your choice, email promotions@richmond.gov.uk or ring 020 8734 3325.

There is no charge to become a member of a reading group. We would encourage you to become a library member, but there’s no charge for this either.

Please note: Times and dates are currently under review - contact library for up to date information.

Daytime Reading Groups
Library Meets Time Contact
Castelnau First Tuesday of the month 3pm Castelnau Library
020 8734 3350
Castelnau Crime book group
Second Monday of the month
3pm Castelnau Library
020 8734 3350
East Sheen 'Books on Monday' reading group
Second Monday of the month
4.30pm East Sheen Library
020 8734 3337
East Sheen Last Friday of the month 3pm East Sheen Library
020 8734 3337
Ham Second Monday of the month 12.45pm Ham Library
020 8734 3354
Ham Poetry Group Last Wednesday of the month 1pm Ham Library
020 8734 3354
Hampton First Tuesday of the month 3.15pm Hampton Library
020 8734 3347
Hampton Second Friday of the month 3pm Hampton Library
020 8734 3347
Hampton Reading Group for older people
A reading group aimed at the over 65s.First Saturday of every month.
10.30am Hampton Library
020 8734 3347
Heathfield Library Access Point First Monday of the month 11am Heathfield Library Access Point
07985 215203
Kew Last Thursday of the month 4.30pm Kew Library
020 8734 3352
Teddington Poetry Group Discuss, read and create poetry in a supportive and encouraging environment.
First Sunday of the month
2pm Teddington Library
020 8734 3304
Twickenham First Tuesday of the month 2:30pm Twickenham Library
020 8734 3340
Whitton Second Tuesday of the month 10.15am Whitton Library
020 8734 3343
Evening Reading Groups
Library / Venue Meets Time Contact
East Sheen Second Wednesday of the month 6pm East Sheen LIbrary
020 8734 3337
Hampton Hill Last Wednesday of the month 5.30pm Hampton Hill Library
020 8734 3320
Hampton Wick Last Wednesday of the month 5pm Hampton Wick Library
020 8734 3358
Richmond Third Wednesday of the month 6pm Richmond Library
020 8734 3303
Teddington Second Wednesday of the month 5.30pm Teddington Library
020 8734 3304
Teddington Last Wednesday of the month 5.30pm Teddington Library
020 8734 3304
Twickenham First Wednesday of the month 6pm Twickenham Library
020 8734 3340
Twickenham Third Wednesday of the month 6pm Twickenham Library
020 8734 3340
Twickenham Fourth Wednesday of the month 6pm Twickenham Library
020 8734 3340
Whitton Last Wednesday of the month 6pm Whitton Library
020 8734 3343

Updated: 11 September 2017