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Ready Reads is a new way to borrow books from selected libraries. Order books for yourself and other family members, all on the same form.

You'll need to be a library member to use this service.


Step 1 - you order

Tell us what you want to read and which participating library you want to collect from. You won’t be able to request specific authors or titles.

If you can’t use the online request form, you can ring us on 0300 123 4049.

Participating libraries

Step 2 – we select

We’ll select a pack of books based on your choices and the stock available. We’ll do our best to find books you will enjoy.

Step 3 – you collect

We'll contact you when your pack is ready for collection from your selected library. Please bring your own bag and pick them up from the library door. We'll issue the books to your card, so all you have to do is collect them.
No other access to the library will be possible


Ready Reads book packs

There are 6 books in each adult and teen Ready Reads pack and 12 books in each children's Ready Reads pack.


Adults

You can order one fiction and one non-fiction pack per adult at a time. If you need large print, a selection of packs is also available.

Adult fiction book packs - standard print

  • Adventure
  • Classic Reads
  • Contemporary fiction
  • Cosy crime - all the mystery, none of the gore
  • Crime and thrillers with punch
  • Family dramas
  • Historical fiction
  • Literary fiction
  • Pick & Mix - our selection from across the genres
  • Romantic night in
  • Sci fi and fantasy

Adult non-fiction book packs - standard print

  • Amaze me – science and nature
  • Amaze me – people and places
  • Energise me – new beginnings
  • Energise me – sport & fitness
  • Inspire me – cooking
  • Inspire me – creative
  • Relax me – health and wellbeing

Adult large print books

  • Cosy crime - all the mystery, none of the gore
  • Crime and thrillers with punch
  • Pick & Mix - our selection from across the genres
  • Romantic night in
  • Non-fiction


Children

You can order one pack of books per child at a time.

Packs for children aged 0-2

These packs contain a selection of board books and simple picture books for sharing together.

Packs for children aged 3-6

These packs contain a selection of picture books and information books for sharing.

For children learning to read, we can also add some beginner reads to your pack.

Packs for children aged 6-9

These packs contain a selection of information books, short chapter books and longer stories to read independently or share with you. You can specify their interests and we’ll do our best to provide suitable books.

  • Action & Adventure
  • Animals
  • Chillers and thrillers
  • Facts & Information
  • Fairy Tales
  • Fantasy Worlds
  • Friends & Family
  • Funny stuff
  • History
  • Sport

Packs for children aged 9-12

These packs contain a selection of fiction and non-fiction titles to read alone or share with you. You can specify their interests and we’ll do our best to provide suitable books.

  • Action & Adventure
  • Animals
  • Chillers and thrillers
  • Facts & Information
  • Fairy Tales
  • Fantasy Worlds
  • Friends & Family
  • Funny stuff
  • History
  • Sport

Packs for teenagers

  • Contemporary
  • Crime / Mystery / Thriller
  • Sci fi / Dystopian
  • Paranormal
  • Romance
  • Historical

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