How to start and run a book club

Organising is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up. – A. A. Milne

If you want to run your own book club, there’s plenty of advice available on how to do it. Start with yourself – what do you want to read and discuss (think about whether you’d like to limit the book club to your favourite authors or genres). Then see if you can find others who share your enthusiasm – think about inviting friends, work colleagues or others that you know.

When you have a few like-minded people, think about some basic questions:

  • WHEN will you meet: how often, and what time is suitable?
  • WHERE will you meet: library, coffee shop, your homes?
  • WHAT sort of books will you read and discuss: are you restricting your choice by genre or style?
  • HOW will you decide the titles: will you take turns to choose a book and lead the discussion?
  • WHY are you doing this: what do you want to get out of being a part of a book club?

If you’d like our help to put you in touch with other like-minded readers in your area, register your details with our Readers’ Rendezvous service, which helps bring library customers together to form their own book club.

The ABC’s The Book Club provides online information for book clubs, including a starter pack. More suggestions, advice and tips on everything from naming your book club to choosing your first book can be found at Reading Group Guides.