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.

During 2020 and into 2021 groups are meeting online due to coronavirus restrictions, but we hope to be back hosting groups in the library before too long.

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

Hurricane Book Group

Our biggest book club is back! The Hurricane Book Club is being run across Scotland and beyond with LIVE events being hosted simultaneously by Shetland, Glasgow & Falkirk libraries throughout 2021. If you can’t join in person, you can join the conversation online via Twitter.

*NEW* for this season - due to the need to be socially distanced, group meetings will take place by video call.

Our first meeting will be on Thursday 25 February at 6pm, where we will be discussing ‘The Young Team’ by Graeme Armstrong.

The second book, to be discussed on Thursday 29 April, will be the 2020 Booker Prize winner ‘Shuggie Bain’ by Douglas Stuart.  We will be concluding this season on Thursday 24 June, where we will be talking about Cathy Rentzenbrink’s ‘Dear Reader’.

If you would like to join us, or if you would like to know more, please contact

  • Thursday 25 February 2021 - The Young Team by Graeme Armstrong
  • Thursday 29 April 2021 - Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
  • Thursday 24 June 2021 - Dear Reader by Cathy Rentzenbrink

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...

  • August - No meeting this month
  • Saturday 11 September 2021 - The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths
  • Saturday 9 October 2021 - The Kingdom by Jo Nesbo

University of the Third Age book group

This group meets monthly - currently online.  Contact Nicholas Hay on 01806 566 755 if you would like to find out more. 

Shetland U3A

South Mainland book group

This is another independent group which meets via Zoom on the last Wednesday of each month.

New members are welcome - contact

South Mainland 2021 reading list

Lunch with Dickens

*currently suspended due to pandemic*

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 Tel: 01595 694688 or Email:

Lerwick Book Group

*currently suspended due to pandemic*

This group normally meets once a month in the library and members take it in turns to choose books.