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If you’re a member of a reading group in Scotland, you’ll find lots to help you in these pages. If you’re not in a group already but are interested in joining one or starting one, there’s help for that too. Contact staff at your local library to find out about their reading groups programme or to borrow books for your group.

Click here for some ideas

If you're not a member of a reading group already but are interested in setting one up or joining an existing one, click here for more information.

Here are some useful links for getting new ideas for your group:

Libraries:

Contact your local library service to find out about their reading groups programme and how they can offer support to groups meeting in private homes, workplaces or other non-library venues. For information and contact details for existing reading groups in Scotland, click here.

Online Groups:

Online reading group accessed through the Guardian Unlimited Books talkboards, registration is required. One book is nominated a month, each book under discussion has a thread/ discussion area. Registered users can nominate books for future discussion. Also see Guardian online

Publishers:

Bloomsbury Invite an Author: The Reading Group section of the site provides a list of authors available to visit (subject to their schedule) reading groups in their areas. They are based in London, Oxford, Birmingham, Southampton, Canterbury, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Orkney and Belfast.

Harper Collins Site of publisher Harper Collins. Offers sample chapters from recent publications to print in PDF format.

Madaboutbooks Site of Publisher Hodder Headline. Browse the Hodder Headline catalogue, visit authors' own webpages. Book descriptions include media/ press reviews.

Reading group guide from Penguin offers advice on starting a group, a discussion forum and bulletin board, author of the month, theme suggestions and cult reads.

Random House US Publisher Random House and offshoots Vintage and Anchor offer reading group guides, reviews and advice.

Virago reading guides browse by title and author. Email Virago to request a reading guide for any Virago title.

Retailers

Amazon.com Site offers categorised guides and reading lists, e.g. Literature and fiction, mysteries, biographies etc... Browse a subject list, click to a book's descriptive page, and go to the "reading group guide" link, to print a summary of the book and discussion points.

Others:

Book Trust Booktrust's national gifting programmes give books to millions of babies, children and teenagers.

Reading Group Choices US site offering advice, reviews and discussion guides for reading groups.

Reading Group Guides US based site, features a Google powered search facility for discussion guides (available from the Reading Group Guides site), roundtable forum, newsletter, advice on starting a group and tips on writing your own guide. Part of The Book Report Network, a group of websites founded in 1996.