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

The Hurricane Book Club is run across Scotland and beyond with live meetings hosted simultaneously by Shetland, Glasgow & Falkirk libraries. If you can’t join in person, you can join the conversation online via Twitter. It is supported by Pan Macmillan who provide the books. In 2021 we discussed three great books – ‘The Young Team’ by Graeme Armstrong, ‘Shuggie Bain’ by Douglas Stuart and ‘Dear Reader’ by Cathy Rentzenbrink. We hope to join with Hurricane again in 2022, and we will post more information when we have it.

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 13 November 2021 - Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
  • Saturday 11 December 2021 - A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny
  • Saturday 8 January 2022 - The Curator by M W Craven

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: