Book Groups

Due to the current level of infection and the Government guidance on minimising households mixing, we have taken the regrettable decision to suspend all Book Group collections and book group meetings for the remainder of January. We will review this decision towards the end of January or before, if the guidance changes.

Book Group Collection procedures for borrowers

Making an appointment for Book Group Collections

Private book groups can arrange collection of Book Group Boxes by emailing or by contacting their local open library.

Contact details and opening times for all branches can be found here. If your local library is still currently closed, collection of boxes can be arranged from the nearest open library or from Library and Museum Headquarters, Haddington.

When getting in touch please have the following information ready:

  • your name
  • book group name
  • phone number
  • borrower number 
  • when and where you would like to make the collection of your Book Group Box


You can return your Book Group Box by appointment only at any open library or at Library and Museum Headquarters, Haddington. Unfortunately due to the collections being stored in boxes, we are unable to accept them at our return bins.

If you have any enquiries regarding the Book Group Collections such as amendments to amount of copies required, titles within the Collection or any other queries email

There are several book groups meeting throughout East Lothian. They usually get together about once a month, in the library or private home.

New members are always very welcome and if there isn't an existing group near you, we can consider starting up a new one.

The book groups meet as follows:

  • East Linton: the second Tuesday of the month at 10:30am. Walk And Talk Book Group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 10am
  • Gullane Library: meets on the first Thursday of every month at 2:30pm- 3:30pm. Contact the library for details.
  • Haddington Library: the group meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 6pm - 7pm. Chatterbooks, the junior book group, meet fortnightly on Thursdays 3:30pm-4:30pm. Walk And Talk Book Group meet the first Wednesday of the month at 10:00am - meet outside Haddington Library. 
  • Longniddry Library: meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 5pm. Chatterbooks, the junior book group for 7-9 year olds meets on alternative Saturdays at 10:30am
  • Musselburgh Library: first Saturday of every month at 10:15am for adults. We also have a junior book group, 'Chatterbooks', for primary 4-7 which meets on the first Saturday of the month at 2pm
  • North Berwick Library: Lit Lot group meets on the second Thursday of the month at 6:00pm and McIntosh group meets on the third Thursday of the month at 6.00pm. Morning Bookgroup last Tuesday of the month at 11am.
  • Ormiston Library: meets on the first Friday of the month at 3:30pm.
  • Port Seton Library: meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm.

For further information please contact your local library.