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There are many reading groups in the city, not just those held in Portsmouth city libraries.

A list of reading groups is below. To find out more about Portsmouth readings groups, books being read and meeting details, email

GroupsVenue and meeting details

Morning groups in libraries

Alderman Lacey - first Tuesday of each month, 10am
Beddow - every 4 weeks on Thursday, 10am
Central - every 4 weeks on Wednesday, 10am
Portsea - every 4 weeks on Wednesday, 9.30am
Southsea - last Wednesday of the month 9.30am and first Wednesday of the month at 10.30am 

Afternoon groups in libraries

Beddow - last Wednesday of every month, 2.45pm
Portsea - every 4 weeks on Thursday, 2.30pm
Southsea - last Wednesday of the month 2.30pm

Evening groups in libraries

Beddow - every 4 weeks on Monday, 6.30pm
Cosham - every 4 weeks on Thursday, 6.30pm

Non-library evening groups

Fratton Wetherspoons - 'every second Wednesday of the month at The John Jacques, 6.30pm 
LGBT - second Tuesday of every month it the St Marys Community Room between 6pm to 7.30pm.
Southsea evening group - first Wednesday of each month at the Phoenix pub, 7pm Northcote Reading Group (previously White Horse) - every 4 weeks on a Tuesday,7pm to 8.30pm at the Northcote Hotel (35 Francis Ave PO4 0HL) For 

For the visually impaired

Central library - once a month on a Thursday, 2pm. Listen to books on mp3 players either your own or borrow a player, phone 023 9268 8032.
Southsea Library - third Thursday of the month 10.30am. Listen to books on mp3 players - either your own or borrow a player, phone 023 9268 8032. 

Could you help run a reading group?

Reading groups are a great way to meet like-minded people. We are looking for volunteers to help us start and run more library reading groups, due to popular demand. Our groups read a wide range of fiction, and some non-fiction. Group members enjoy having the opportunity to talk about their responses to books they read.

Help with your reading group

We can help you start your own reading group, or help you borrow books for your own group. We offer sets of multiple copies to reading groups in Portsmouth. Download the Book titles available for reading groups document below.

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