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World Book Night (23 April)

World book night

World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books that takes place on 23 April every year.

Books are given out across the UK with a focus on reaching those who don't regularly read, and are gifted through organisations including prisons, libraries, colleges, hospitals, care homes and homeless shelters, as well as by passionate individuals who give out their own books within their communities.

The list of books being given away in care homes, youth centres, colleges, prisons, public libraries, mental health groups and other settings on World Book Night changes every year. You can borrow these books from the library for free!

Here is the 2020 list.

Here is the 2019 list.

Get involved

If you work for a library, prison, college, care home, youth centre or other organisation who can reach people who don't regularly read, you can apply on the World Book Night website to give books. Applications for 2020 close on 31 January 2020.

Individuals can gift books to other people or charities, hold book swaps at work or at home, and have a book-themed party to celebrate all things literary. 

For more information about World Book Night including terms and conditions, visit

World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that tackles life's big challenges through the proven power of reading.

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