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Book Groups

Shetland (Face)Book Group

Death on a Shetland Isle book cover NEW for Book Week Scotland 2019 - a group that meets both online and offline to talk about a Shetland novel. We meet on 21 November 2019 at 6pm in the Library, and on our Facebook page. Find out how to take part on the club page.


Book Group Sets

Need copies for your own book group? This is a PDF list of some books we have in mulitple copies. You should also check our local collection - we can provide multiple copies of most Shetland books.


Hurricane Book Club

In 2019, we took part in our biggest book club yet! The Hurricane Book Club runs across Scotland and beyond with LIVE events held in Shetland, Orkney, Glasgow & Falkirk libraries. Those who can’t join in person, can join the conversation online via Twitter.

We held our first meeting on Thursday 28 February 2019 and discussed ‘Burial Rites’ by Hannah Kent. The second book, discussed on Thursday 25 April was ‘The End We Start From’ by Megan Hunter. We concluded the 2019 season on Thursday 27 June, talking about Elizabeth MacNeal’s book ‘The Doll Factory’. You can find out what we thought by following the #HurricaneBookClub hashtag.

If you would like to know more about the group, please contact


Saturday Slaughters

Shetland Library teamed up with Orkney Library and Archive to launch 'Saturday Slaughters' in March 2015. The book group initially invited readers to read and discuss novels by the bestselling crime authors visiting for Shetland Noir in November 2015. Now the group are continuing, reading a varied selection of crime fiction’s finest.

The group is now fully subscribed and meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month, from 2pm -3pm in the Old Library Centre. If you are interested in joining our waiting list, please contact Marghie at the Library.

Saturday Slaughters reading list


University of the third age book group

The independent U3A group meets monthly in Islesburgh - find out more on the U3A Shetland book group website or call Larraine Gray on 01595 840517


South Mainland book group

This is another independent group which meets on the last Wednesday of each month at Sumburgh Hotel.

New members are welcome - contact Check their reading lists below.

2019 Reading list - South Mainland book group (PDF)

2018 Reading list - South Mainland book group (PDF)

2017 Reading list - South Mainland book group (PDF)

2016 Reading list - South Mainland book group (PDF)


Lunch with Dickens

The lunchtime book group - Lunch with Dickens - reads books published prior to the 20th century. The books are generally by British authors but we aim to include one foreign novel and one children’s novel per year, as well as always beginning the year with Dickens. The members agree to read a set number of chapters a week and meet every Thursday at 1pm in the Library. If you are interested in joining the group please contact Val Turner for more information (01595 694688 or )

Lunch with Dickens Reading List


Lerwick Book Group

The Lerwick book group meets at the Old Library Centre in Lerwick. Meetings are very informal, and members take turns to choose the books to read. New members are welcome: just contact Karen or Marghie here at the library if you want to join.


Lerwick Book Group: next meetings and what we're reading...

East of Croydon by Sue Perkins

Tuesday 12 November 2019, 7.30pm

East of Croydon by Sue Perkins

Chosen by: Briony

Educated by Tara Westover

Tuesday 10 December 2019, 7.30pm

Educated by Tara Westover

Chosen by: Ruairidh


Lerwick Book Group: list of everything else we've read...

Lerwick Book Group and the Man Booker project in 2006


'Based on the Book'

How many times have you had discussions about whether a film was better or worse than the book it was adapted from? The Based on the Book group which ran during 2014 watched a film, read the book and then discussed both. The group has come to an end but if you would like to organise something similar, come and speak to us at the Library about borrowing the books and DVDs you need.


Last Updated on 28 October 2019

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