Books and reading

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All things books and reading

At the Adelaide City libraries you can enjoy our collection of over 80,000 items, plus millions more as part of the One Card Network. There are endless opportunities to find your next great read and share your love of reading with like-minded people.

Adelaide City Libraries book groups

Adelaide City Libraries host four book groups. Like Oprah’s Book Club, the group members read the same book, then get together once a month to discuss it. What better way to read great books and make new friends! Choose the time and venue that suits you. We look forward to welcoming you.

We also offer a number of other opportunities to bond over books. Read on to discover one that suits you.

Meets: First Thursday of the month, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Where you’ll find us: Studio 2 at the City Library

Level 3, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall

Book to be discussed: To the land of long lost friends by Alexander McCall Smith

Book to be collected for next meeting: The temptation of forgiveness by Donna Leon


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Meets: First Thursday of the month, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Currently meeting via Zoom.

Cost: Free

Where you’ll find us: Upstairs meeting room at Hutt Street Library

235 Hutt Street, Adelaide

Book to be discussed in June: Where the crawdads sing by Delia Owens

Book to be collected for July: Australia Day by Melanie Cheng

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Meets: First Thursday of the month, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Currently meeting via Zoom.

Cost: Free

Where you’ll find us: North Adelaide Library,

176 Tynte Street, North Adelaide

Book to be discussed in June: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Book to be collected for July: No Friend but the mountains: writing from Manus prison by Behrouz Boochani 

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Meets: First Thursday of the month, 3:30 to 4:45 pm

Where you’ll find us: South West Community Centre, 171 Sturt Street, Adelaide.

Please note: this group is currently on hold while seeking new members. Contact us today to register your interest. 

Register for the book club

Are you already a part of a book group but have run out of titles? Or do you have a group of friends who are keen to start one?

The Adelaide City Libraries have a special collection of book sets that you can use within, or to start your own book club. Whether you have two members or 10, we have a set for you.

Choose from our popular titles, borrow up to 10 copies on your library card for up to six weeks, and enjoy reading and discussing with your group.

Book set titles available for external book groups to borrow:

  • A spool of blue thread by Anne Tyler
  • Gunshot Road by Adrian Hyland
  • The clothes on their backs by Linda Grant
  • The Dry by Jane Harper
  • The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
  • The Muse by Jessie Burton
  • The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Two Caravans by Marina Lewycka

Join us for an exciting selection of stories, songs and rhymes aimed at babies and children aged 0 to 5 years. You don’t need to book – just come in, enjoy the session and browse our huge range of children’s material afterwards.

City Library

Level 3, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall, Adelaide

(Enter via Francis Street)

Thursdays 10:30 am to 11:30 am.

Hutt Street Library

235 Hutt Street, Adelaide

Tuesdays 10:30 am to 11:15 am

Saturdays 10:30 am to 11:15 am

North Adelaide Library and Community Centre

176 Tynte Street, North Adelaide

Wednesdays 10:30 am to 11:15 am

For more information see our Activities and Programs page.

Join us as we take you through a selection of readings and anecdotes on a different topic each month. We invite you to contribute your own reflections and engage with our friendly presenters.

For upcoming Read aloud sessions see our Activities and Programs page.

We have a range of special collections available to browse on your next visit:

Awards

This is a collection of a selection of titles which have won or been nominated for major literary awards including the Man Booker prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Classics

Sometimes the best place to start is with the best-loved classics. Visit any of our libraries to see our collection of children’s, teen and adult classic novels.

Short Reads

Browse our collection of short-format books at City Library for those who want a more straightforward reading experience.

Community Languages

Adelaide City Libraries offer material for loan in the following languages:

Arabic

German

Italian

Korean

Serbian

Chinese

Greek

Japanese

Polish

Spanish

French

Indonesian

Khmer

Russian

Vietnamese

These items are located at City Library but can be placed on hold to collect from any library.

Find out more about other languages available across the One Card Network to read material in your own language.

Need more information?

Talk to the friendly Adelaide City Libraries staff about all things books and reading:

8203 7990