Reading groups

Reading groups can be an informal meeting of friends, or an organised gathering set up in a library or bookshop. We offer reading groups at all of our branches.

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Join a library reading group

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.

We offer both daytime and evening reading groups. Find your local library from the dropdown to view the groups on offer.

Set up your own reading group

We are keen to support and encourage local reading groups. 

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 eight weeks, if required.

Register your group

Email promotions@richmond.gov.uk or call 020 8734 3325 - we will need the following information:

  • Name of reading group
  • Name of contact person
  • Email, phone and address
  • Book collection branch
  • Number of members in the reading group

Booksets

Once your group is registered, you will be able to easily browse available book titles from home by looking at our list of booksets (pdf, 361 KB)Most sets have at least 12 copies and large print, and audio books are also available upon request.

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).

Find a library

Groups timetable

Times and dates are currently under review - contact the 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 Thursday 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 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
Twickenham 

Play reading group
Third Thursday of every other month

Please contact the library if you wish to come along

2pm 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

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Updated: 4 December 2018