Reading and Writing

Book Groups

The Library runs or supports several book groups.  We are also delighted to supply books for the many independent book groups in Shetland.

Reading Sets for Book Groups

Here is a list of some of our books available in five or more copies.

Most of our Shetland books are also available in multiple copies.

Multi-user eBooks and eAudiobooks

If you want to start your own group, we can help with books to borrow and space to meet.  Several self-run groups use the library.

Hurricane Book Group

Hurricane Book Club is a hybrid book club that takes place in-person at the Lerwick Library and online on X (formerly Twitter).  It is run jointly with publishers Pan Macmillan and Falkirk, Glasgow and Shetland Libraries.

2024 is the ninth season of the group, and we will be meeting in the Library on the following dates to discuss the following titles:

Thursday 22 February 6-7pm
Other Women by Emma Flint

Thursday 25 April 6-7pm
The Wild Coast by Lin Anderson

Thursday 20 June 6-7pm
The Way of the Hermit by Ken Smith

If you would like more details, search for @HurricaneBkClub on X or contact

‘Never Judge a Book by it’s Movie’ 

Our new monthly Monday evening book group, discussing books and their movie adaptations. 

The group meets on the first Monday of the month 6.30pm – 7.30pm in the Lerwick Library Activities room upstairs.  

If you would like to join this group, please sign-up at the Library – places are limited.

The meeting dates and books being discussed are as follows:

Monday 4 March - I am Legend by Richard Matheson
Monday 8 April - The Martian by Andy Weir

Open Book

Shared reading and creative writing sessions.  Held online via Zoom. In the sessions we'll be reading stories and poems aloud and using them to inspire our own writing in a gentle, guided session led by Siún Carden and Jen Hadfield.  Free.  Ages 16+ spaces limited - email the library to sign up:

Held on the following Tuesdays: 12 March, 16 April and 14 May - meets from 7pm - 9pm

Saturday Slaughters

Our crime reading group was inspired by Orkney Library.

The group normally meets on the second Saturday of the month, from 2pm - 3pm.  If you are interested in joining, please contact Marghie at the Library on

Next meetings and what we're reading

  • Saturday 9 March 2024 - Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham
  • Saturday 13 April 2024 - His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

South Mainland book group

This is another independent group which meet on the last Wednesday of each month at the Sumburgh Hotel for 7.30pm

New members are welcome - contact

South Mainland 2024 reading list

Weekend Book Group

Our Saturday Book Group discussing recently published or popular titles.

The group meets once a month on a Saturday, 2pm – 3pm, in the Lerwick Library Activities room.

The meeting dates and books being discussed are as follows:

Saturday 6 January
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Saturday 3 February
Still Life by Sarah Winman

Saturday 2 March
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

If you would like more details about the group, please contact