If you enjoy reading, sharing ideas and getting together with friends, you might enjoy belonging to a book club or reading group. This page outlines the various ways in which the library can help and support your group. It also gives an overview of the different types of groups which are available, ranging from informal loose groupings of friends to more organised discussion groups, to online book clubs.
Our libraries host two different types of book groups. Book Clubs are run independently by the libraries. They are more informal and there is no cost. Book Discussion Groups are arranged in conjunction with the Book Discussion Scheme, and a cost is involved.
- Books Clubs (run by libraries, no cost)
- Book Discussion Groups (run in conjunction with BDS, to be paid for)
- ESOL Clubs (run by libraries, no cost)
- ESOL Book Discussion Groups ($15 per year or $1.50 per book)
- More about book clubs and resources
Love sharing your favourite reads? Come and join other book lovers in our friendly, relaxed library environment. Free, and no bookings required.
- Linwood Library Held on the last Monday of the month 10.45am to 12pm
- Ōrauwhata: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre Two book clubs, one held on the second Monday of the month at 10am and the other on the last Thursday of the month at 1pm.
- Fendalton Library Held on the first Friday of the month at 11am
- Papanui Library Held on the third Tuesday of the month at 10am
- He Kura Pounamu Held at Tūranga on the last Thursday of the month 4pm to 5pm. Explore and discuss texts held in Waruwarutū / Ngā Pounamu Māori collection.
- Spreydon Library Held on the first Tuesday of the month at 2pm
- Tūranga Two book clubs, one held on the third Wednesday of the month from 10am to 11am, and the other on the fourth Sunday of the month from 2pm to 3pm
- Korean Book Club The Korean Book Club meets at Upper Riccarton Library on the second Friday of the month at 6pm. Come and share your ideas with other Korean book lovers. 에서 좋은 책과 그 책을 좋아하는 사람들을 만나세요. 매달 둘째 금 요일 오후 6시에서 7시까지입니다.
Chinese Book Club 欢迎参加中文读者交流会，与其他热心读者分享你喜欢的图书, 发现新书，新作者，交朋友，畅谈生活阅历。在每次读书会中，你还会了解一些图书馆的电子资源。
Chinese Book Clubs meet at Upper Riccarton Library on the third Wednesday of the month at 6.15pm and at Fendalton Library on the second Friday of the month at 6.30pm.
- Young Adult Book Club - Tūranga Held on the last Tuesday of the month, 4 to 5pm.
- Friends of the Library Monthly Book Talks by local authors are on the second Tuesday of the month at Fendalton Library, 12.30pm. Gold coin donation. No bookings required. Find out more about becoming a Friend of the library.
Book Discussion Groups
Book Discussion Groups are for those who love reading and want to share in discussion with other friendly book lovers. They are arranged in conjunction with the Book Discussion Scheme. We subscribe to the Book Discussion Scheme so there is a cost involved. Places are limited. Please phone 03 941 7923 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about availability and cost.
The books to be discussed are selected by the members of the group, so you will have significant input as well.
Held on the second Wednesday of the month at 11am
Held on the second Thursday of the month at 6pm
- Hornby Library Held on the third Thursday of the month at 2pm
- Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre Held on the third Thursday of the month at 11am.
Held on the second Monday of the month at 10.30am
Held on the second Thursday of the month at 6pm
Held on the fourth Monday of the month at 10.30am
Held on the first Wednesday of the month at 6pm
Held on the second Monday of the month at 6pm
Held on the second Wednesday of the month at 10am
Held on the third Wednesday of the month at 7.15pm
Held on the last Thursday of the month at 6pm
- Te Hāpua Halswell Centre Held on the first Tuesday of the month at 6pm
Held on the second Tuesday of the month at 6pm
Held on the first Wednesday of each month from 1:30- 2:30pm. (Nonfiction)
Upper Riccarton Library
Held on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 10am
Held on the third Monday of the month from 6pm
Free, and no bookings required.
- Chinese ESOL Club for Intermediate華人英語學習俱樂部 (口語會話) at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre. Monday 9.30am to 10.30am
- Chinese ESOL Club for Beginners華人英語學習俱樂部 (基礎英文) at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre. Monday 1.30pm to 2.30pm
ESOL Book Discussion Groups
Read a short book especially designed for ESOL learners for an ESOL book discussion group. Then come to the session and talk about it. The scheme helps those who wish to improve their English language reading and vocabulary in a relaxed fun environment, meet new people and get more confident with their conversation skills. There is a charge of $15 per year or $1.50 per book.
- Tūranga Held on the second Monday of the month from 10.30am to 12pm.
- Tūranga Held on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.
- Upper Riccarton Library Held on the second Thursday of the month from 10 to 11am.
Resources at the library
The library can help with book choices and reading suggestions. Use our website to:
- Access the book discussion guides in NoveList Plus
- Connect with local book discussion groups listed in CINCH
In addition, if you are a library member, you can keep track of your reads and share your views of books by making full use of the library catalogue.
Types of reading groups
The more informal gatherings usually read several books in a month and meet in members’ homes. In these book clubs the books are bought by the members.
To join an informal group, ask around in your neighbourhood and get onto a waiting list. If that doesn’t work, form your own book group. Useful links to help you with this are:
Or you could ask at your local library, where you are sure to get some help with your project.
Formal discussion groups
The more formal discussion groups usually read only one book per month and each member reads the same book. They meet in one another’s homes or in cafés around the city. Their books are loaned, but there is a bit of planning involved to ensure that everyone has access to the same book in the same month.
If you decide that you want to belong to a group where members read the same book every month, a good organisation to contact is the WEA Book Discussion Scheme. They will help you join a group, set you up with all the reading lists you need and generally assist you to get yourself attached to a group.
Online book clubs
There is a growing number of online book clubs. Discussions can take place via websites, online communities, web forums or emails. Many focus on a particular audience, genre (e.g. romance, science fiction, mystery) or special interest. However, there are also several which take a more general approach.