We hold regular events and activities for adults and children in all of our libraries. These range from events for toddlers and pre-school children such as rhymetime and stay and play, to events for older people such as friendship groups. All of our events are free to attend unless otherwise stated.

View a full list of what's on in Coventry Libraries [https://librarycatalogue.coventry.gov.uk/whats-on#/]

Event feedback

Please take a few moments to provide us with some important feedback about the event you have just attended. This information will be used to improve future events in libraries. Please also include events you would like to see in a library.

Complete our event feedback form [/libraryeventfeedbackandsuggestion]

Newsletter

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Libraries and Information Service

Address: Central Library
Smithford Way
Coventry
CV1 1FY

Telephone: 024 7683 2314 [tel:02476832314]

How to join the library

  1. Go to the online catalogue [/onlinelibrarycatalogue]
  2. You will need to confirm security details (name, address, date of birth)
  3. You must provide us with a valid email address
  4. The Library Service will action your request and send you a Library card number and pin number. These details can then be used to access our wide range of virtual services.
  5. Once done, you will be able to visit a library and collect your physical Library card and be able to access our full range of services. At this visit you will need to show one form of identification which contains both your full name and current address.

Reading, play reading, poetry and writing groups

For a list of Poetry Groups, Readers Groups or Writers Groups, please visit the What's on in Libraries [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/whatsonlibraries] page

Readers' groups (16+)

Do you love reading and long to discuss the books you have read? Whether you loved or loathed a book, why not join one of Coventry Libraries Readers' Groups to share your opinions.

  • Free to attend
  • Suitable for adults (16+)
  • Open to everyone

Readers' groups are great places to meet other people who love to read, talk about books and discover new authors and genres that you may not have thought of trying. Our groups across libraries in Coventry are friendly and informal. New members are always welcome. You do not need any literary knowledge to join a readers' group, you just need to enjoy reading! There is no need to worry if you haven't finished the book or didn't like it, you can still come along and join in. Please contact your local library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/findalibrary] for more details of their Readers' Group.

Some Groups read the same title as each other to discuss at their meeting each month; others read something different each time. You don't have to be an expert, just willing to chat about what you've read. We are sometimes able to arrange for authors to visit readers' groups to talk about their books. We also keep group members up to date about book news and author events with our regular email.

We have a readers' pack [/downloads/download/1117/readers_pack] for you to take a look at if you would like to set up your own readers' group. Library based readers' groups are not always run by staff but you can use the library as your meeting place. We will promote your group in the list below and on our monthly events [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/whatsonlibraries] leaflets.

If you would like to share your thoughts about a particular book from one of your meetings, you can submit a review by emailing libraries247@coventry.gov.uk [mailto:libraries247@coventry.gov.uk]

Library based readers' groups
Library Frequency Time
Allesley Park Library [https://www.coventry.gov.uk/allesleyparklibrary] Second Saturday of the month 2pm - 3pm
Bell Green Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/bellgreenlibrary] Second Monday of the month 5.15pm - 6.15pm
Canley Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/canleylibrary] Fourth Monday of the month 2pm - 3pm
Central Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/centrallibrary] Third Wednesday of the month 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Coundon Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/coundonlibrary] Second Tuesday of the month 2pm - 3pm
Coundon Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/coundonlibrary] Second Thursday of the month 5.30pm - 6.30pm
Earlsdon Carnegie Community Library [https://earlsdonlibrary.org.uk/] Second Thursday of the month 7.30pm
Foleshill Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/foleshilllibrary] First Thursday of the month 5pm - 6pm
Holbrooks Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/holbrookslibrary] Third Thursday of the month 11am - 12 noon
Jubilee Crescent Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/jubileecrescentlibrary] Last Friday of the month 2pm - 3pm
Stoke Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/stokelibrary] Second Wednesday of the month 1pm - 2pm
Tile Hill Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/tilehilllibrary] Second Thursday of the month 11am - 12.30pm
Tile Hill Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/tilehilllibrary]

Third Monday of the month

Readers' group for people wanting to improve reading in English. Download and print the poster [https://www.coventry.gov.uk/downloads/download/7441/tile-hill-library-esol-readers-group].
Discuss books in English with others wanting to improve in reading. Find the right fiction book for you.
Lots of titles are available to support people improving in reading in English. A great way to get extra informal practice outside formal ESOL classes.

11am - 12noon
Willenhall Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/willenhalllibrary] First Thursday of the month 2pm - 3pm
Non-Library based readers' groups
Group Name Frequency Time Location Contact
AVID Readers Group Second Thursday of the month 7.30pm Earlsdon Library Steve: e-mail [mailto:spjewell@gmail.com?subject=AVID%20Readers%20Group]
St. Barbara's Book Club Monthly on a Thursday 7.45pm Virtually on Zoom Alison: 07960042537 or e-mail [mailto:alisonsatuma@gmail.com] 
Gallery Readers Group Third Wednesday of the month (except December) 7.30pm Virtually on Zoom Jane: e-mail [mailto:jane.beck99@yahoo.co.uk]

Register your readers' group

If you would like to receive titles from our readers' group collection, you will need to register your readers' group with us. Titles you request will be delivered to the library of your choice for collection.

Titles available for loan to readers' groups

There are over 150 titles available for the exclusive use of readers' groups registered with the library service. Books are usually supplied as mixed sets of hardback and paperback copies. Other formats are available on request but please note that these formats will be loaned from normal circulating stock and may already be out on loan.

View the book list [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/libraries-1/events-in-Coventry-libraries/4]

Request a title for your next readers' group

If you are registered with us you can request any title from the readers' group collection. You should ensure you have submitted your request at least two weeks before your next meeting to ensure we can supply your title on time. You should also provide us with at least two titles so we can ensure we can supply one of them and will be in contact if we cannot supply either title.

If your group reads a mixture of titles at each meeting you can borrow titles from the general library stock, check the catalogue and reserve your title [/onlinelibrarycatalogue]. Struggling to find an author? Check out "Who Else Writes Like" [/info/126/libraries/3215/e-resources/18] or browse through our booklists at Discover More Reads [https://www.coventry.gov.uk/libraries-1/discover-reads]

You will need to provide the author, title and number of copies for two books along with the date of your next meeting.

Earlsdon Literary Magazine

 Earlsdon Literary Magazine is the monthly newsletter of the Avid Readers at Earlsdon Library.

Readers' groups online

Can't make it to any of these readers' groups? You can chat about your favourite books and review them online by joining the following free book group forum Goodreads groups [https://www.goodreads.com/group]. You can also suggest new titles to other readers groups and apply for offers for your group through Readers Groups for Everyone [http://readinggroups.org/groups], you will need a special code to do so, once you have signed up for a free account.

If you are a Facebook user, join the Coventry Libraries Online Readers Group [https://www.facebook.com/groups/CoventryLibrariesOnlineReadersGroup]

For specialist reader development advice, contact our Reading and Literacy Coordinator, Lesley Martin: lesley.martin@coventry.gov.uk [mailto:lesley.martin@coventry.gov.uk] or call 024 7697 2677

For general Readers Group enquiries please email libraries247@coventry.gov.uk [mailto:libraries247@coventry.gov.uk]

Play readers' groups (16+)

The play readers’ groups based in libraries are open to everyone, free to attend, with new members always welcome.

Register your play readers’ group

If you would like to register your play readers’ group, you can do so online or in person. You will have access to the playset collection held at Central Library for the exclusive use of play readers’ groups. The library service can also help promote community-based groups, who do not meet at their local library.

Request a title for your next play readers’ group

If you would like to request titles from us for your next play readers’ group, you can do so online, over the phone or in person. You will need to provide the playwright, title, number of copies required and the date of your next meeting

Titles available for play readers’ groups to loan

View the play readers' list [https://www.coventry.gov.uk/libraries-1/events-in-Coventry-libraries/5]

Poetry Groups

Poetry Workshops at Central Library on the last Sunday of the month 1pm - 3.10pm. Coventry's own Poet Laureate, Emilie Lauren Jones, leads this poetry session consisting of fun writing activities inspired by example poems, with time for sharing your written poems. Whether you have been writing for a long time or are new to writing, why not join this friendly and inclusive group? For more details contact Emilie by telephone on 07805 104743 or e-mail [mailto:emilielaurenwriter@gmail.com]. These sessions are supported by the Positive Images Festival.

Creative Writing Groups

If you enjoy writing, join one of our creative writing groups where you can share your passion for telling stories, in a supportive environment, with like-minded people.

Library Frequency Time
Central Writers Hub Fortnightly on a Saturday 10am - 12noon
Stoke Writers Group Second Wednesday of the month 2pm - 3pm

 

Readers' Group book collection

Crime
Author Book title Number of copies
Archer, Jeffrey Nothing Ventured 12 copies
Barclay, Linwood No Time for Goodbye 11 copies
Bolton, S. J.  Now You See Me 13 copies
Brittney, Lynn A Death in Chelsea 3 copies
Camilleri, Andrea The Terracotta Dog 9 copies
Clark, Mary Higgins The Lost Years 6 copies
Cleeves, Ann The Long Call 8 copies
Cleeves, Ann Too Good to be True (Quick Read) 12 copies
Connelly, Michael The Burning Room 10 copies
Cornwell, Patricia The Bone Bed 11 copies
Durrant, Sabine Under Your Skin 32 copies
Ferraris, Zoe City of Veils 14 copies
French, Tana Broken Harbour 13 copies
Hannah, Sophie Kind of Cruel 23 copies
James, Peter Dead Man's Time 13 copies
James, Peter Not Dead Yet 15 copies
Kelly, Erin The Burning Air 18 copies
Knight, Ali Until Death 17 copies
La Plante, Lynda Backlash 6 copies
La Plante, Lynda Blood Line 5 copies
La Plante, Lynda Wrongful Death 7 copies
MacBride, Stuart Close to the Bone 7 copies
Nesbo, Jo Phantom 9 copies
Rankin, Ian The Falls 9 copies
Reichs, Kathy Bones are Forever 10 copies
Reichs, Kathy Death du Jour 15 copies
Rhodes, Kate Crossbones Yard 17 copies
Robb, J. D.  Thankless in Death 8 copies
Robinson, Peter Children of the Revolution 12 copies
Sansom, C. J. Dissolution 12 copies
Smith, Alexander McCall The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 8 copies
Walters, Minette A Dreadful Murder (Quick Read) 10 copies
Watson, S. J.  Before I go to Sleep 13 copies
Welsh, Louise The Girl on the Stairs 25 copies
Fantasy
Author Book title  Number of copies
Gaiman, Neil The Ocean at the End of the Lane 15 copies
Haynes, Natalie Stone Blind 12 copies
Hobb, Robin Assassin's Apprentice 18 copies
Pratchett, Terry Good Omens 14 copies
Wilson, G. Willow Alif the Unseen 15 copies
Fiction
Author Book title Number of copies
Adams, Sara Nisha The Reading List 11 copies
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi Americanah  16 copies
Adiga, Aravind Last Man in Tower  9 copies
Adiga, Aravind White Tiger 7 copies
Ahern, Cecelia How to Fall in Love 10 copies
Ahern, Cecelia One Hundred Names 10 copies
Albom, Mitch The Five People You Meet in Heaven 9 copies
Alison, Rosie The Very Thought of You 6 copies
Allende, Isabel The House of Spirits 13 copies
Archer, Jeffrey Only Time Will Tell 10 copies
Archer, Jeffrey The Sins of the Father 10 copies
Arnold, Gaynor Girl in a Blue Dress 13 copies
Atkinson, Kate Life After Life 17 copies
Backman, Fredrik A Man Called Ove 13 copies
Backman, Fredrik Anxious People 12 copies
Banks, Iain The Quarry 21 copies
Banks, Lynne Reid The L-Shaped Room 14 copies
Barry, Sebastian A Long Long Way 14 copies
Barry, Sebastian The Secret Scripture 13 copies
Bennett, Ronan The Catastrophist 15 copies
Binchy, Maeve Full House (Quick Read) 14 copies
Binchy, Maeve A Week in Winter 10 copies
Blake, Sarah The Postmistress 12 copies
Boyd, William Restless 14 copies
Boyne, John The Heart’s Invisible Furies 11 copies
Bradford, Barbara Taylor Cavendon Hall 6 copies
Brays, Carys The Museum of You 12 copies
Bronte, Anne Agnes Grey 14 copies
Brooks, Geraldine March 14 copies
Brooks, Geraldine Year of Wonders 15 copies
Broome, Iain A is for Angelica 16 copies
Bulawayo, NoViolet We Need New Names 15 copies
Burnett, Frances Hodgson The Secret Garden 12 copies
Byatt, A. S. The Children’s Book 16 copies
Carey, Peter The Chemistry of Tears 13 copies
Cary, Dennis An Untilled Field 10 copies
Catozzella, Giuseppe Don’t Tell me You’re Afraid 16 copies
Chambers, Clare Small Pleasures 12 copies
Clarke, Susanna Piranesi 11 copies
Cochrane, Kira Escape Route for Beginners 18 copies
Coe, Jonathan The Rotters’ Club 14 copies
Coetzee, J. M. Disgrace  13 copies
Cohen, Julie Together 7 copies
Collins, Jackie The Power Trip 7 copies
Cox, Josephine The Broken Man 10 copies
Desai, Anita Fasting, Feasting 15 copies
De Waal, Kit My Name is Leon 11 copies
Dickens, Charles The Old Curiosity Shop 15 copies
Dickens, Charles A Tale of Two Cities 11 copies
Donoghue, Emma The Wonder 15 copies
Doyle, Roddy Smile 15 copies
Du Maurier, Daphne The House on the Strand 13 copies
Du Maurier, Daphne My Cousin Rachel 13 copies
Dunant, Sarah Sacred Hearts 14 copies
Eliot, George Felix Holt, the Radical 10 copies
Eliot, George Middlemarch 10 copies
Eliot, George Silas Marner 8 copies
Erskine, Barbara River of Destiny 15 copies
Evans, Harriett A Place for Us 11 copies
Farrell, J. G. The Siege of Krishnapur 13 copies
Fforde, Katie A French Affair 7 copies
Fforde, Katie Recipe for love 11 copies
Fielding, Helen Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy 6 copies
Fitzgerald, F. Scott The Great Gatsby 26 copies
Flynn, Katie A Christmas to Remember 8 copies
Flynn, Katie A Sixpenny Christmas 7 copies
Forna, Aminatta The Memory of Love 14 copies
Forster, Margaret Diary of an Ordinary Woman 15 copies
Franzen, Jonathan The Corrections 15 copies
French, Dawn Oh Dear Silvia 22 copies
Fugard, Athol Tsotsi 14 copies
Gaskell, Elizabeth Wives and Daughters 14 copies
Gee, Sue The Mysteries of Glass 10 copies
Ghosh, Amitav Sea of Poppies 14 copies
Glencross, Tim Barbarians 12 copies
Graham, Laurie The Future Homemakers of America 14 copies
Green, Jane The Patchwork Marriage 11 copies
Greene, Graham Brighton Rock 14 copies
Gruen, Sara Water For Elephants 12 copies
Haddad, Saleem Guapa 12 copies
Halls, Stacey Mrs England 11 copies
Hamilton, Patrick Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky 13 copies
Harris, Joanne Peaches for Monsieur le Cure 13 copies
Heller, Zoe Notes on a Scandal 14 copies
Hemingway, Ernest Fiesta 15 copies
Hemingway, Ernest The Old Man and the Sea 14 copies
Highsmith, Patricia The Talented Mr. Ripley 12 copies
Hislop, Victoria The Island 12 copies
Honeyman, Gail Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine 14 copies
Hosseini, Khaled And the Mountains Echoed 10 copies
Ilich, Patricia Maybe I’ll Write More Later… Maybe 12 copies
Irving, John The Cider House Rules 15 copies
Irving, John A Prayer for Owen Meany 14 copies
Ishiguro, Kazuo Never Let Me Go 12 copies
Jewell, Lisa Before I Met You 10 copies
Jonasson, Jonas The 100-year-old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared 11 copies
Jonasson, Jonas The Girl who Saved the King of Sweden 10 copies
Jones, Ruth Never Greener 8 copies
Jones, Terry Trouble on the Heath 15 copies
Joyce, Graham Some Kind of Fairy Tale 13 copies
Joyce, Rachel The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy 15 copies
Joyce, Rachel Perfect 11 copies
Joyce, Rachel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry 25 copies
Kelly, Cathy The Honey Queen 11 copies
Kennedy, Louise Trespasses 12 copies
Keyes, Marian The Mystery of Mercy Close 7 copies
Kidd, Sue Monk The Secret Life of Bees 14 copies
Koomson, Dorothy The Rose Petal Beach 9 copies
Laclos, Choderlos de Dangerous Liaisons 12 copies
Lee, Maureen After the War is Over 8 copies
Lessing, Doris The Grass is Singing 14 copies
Lette, Kathy Love is Blind (Quick Read) 11 copies
Lewis, Susan Don’t Let Me Go 12 copies
Lewis, Susan No Child of Mine 10 copies
London, Jack The Call of the Wild 13 copies
Lupton, Rosamund Sister 15 copies
McEwan, Ian On Chesil Beach 11 copies
McEwan, Ian Sweet Tooth 13 copies
McGregor, Jon If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things 12 copies
McQuiston, Casey One Last Stop 9 copies
Mansell, Jill Don’t Want to Miss a Thing 10 copies
Mansell, Jill The Unpredictable Consequences of Love 8 copies
Marshall, Heather Looking For Jane 10 copies
Mason, Meg Sorrow and Bliss 12 copies
Maupin, Armistead The Days of Anna Madrigal 8 copies
Miller, Andrew Snowdrops 14 copies
Mitchell, Margaret Gone with the Wind 12 copies
Moggach, Deborah Heartbreak Hotel 7 copies
Montefiore, Santa The House by the Sea 8 copies
Montefiore, Santa Secrets of the Lighthouse 15 copies
Morton, Kate The Secret Keeper 9 copies
Moyes, Jojo Me Before You 14 copies
Mukherjee, Alison An Untimely Frost 15 copies
Mukherjee, Alison What’s Going on at the Whitler? 9 copies
Murugan, Perumal Pyre 12 copies
Nemirovsky, Irene Suite Francaise 11 copies
Newman, Sandra The Country of Ice Cream Star 10 copies
North, Anna Outlawed 9 copies
North, Freya The Way Back Home 8 copies
Norton, Graham Holding 12 copies
O’Connor, Joseph Shadowplay 12 copies
O’Farrell, Maggie After You’d Gone 11 copies
O’Farrell, Maggie Instructions for a Heatwave 7 copies
Orwell, George Nineteen Eighty-Four 14 copies
Oyeyemi, Helen Peaces 9 copies
Ozeki, Ruth The Book of Form and Emptiness 12 copies
Palacio, R. J. Wonder 14 copies
Parks, Adele Whatever It Takes 8 copies
Parsons, Tony Man and Boy 13 copies
Pearse, Lesley Forgive Me 10 copies
Petterson, Per It’s Fine by Me 14 copies
Picoult, Jodi Lone Wolf 11 copies
Picoult, Jodi Nineteen Minutes 15 copies
Powers, Richard Bewilderment 12 copies
Pym, Barbara Excellent Women 11 copies
Rankin, Robert The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse 11 copies
Reid, Taylor Jenkins Daisy Jones & the Six 9 copies
Rice, James Alice and the Fly 11 copies
Robinson, Marilynne Gilead 8 copies
Rooney, Sally Normal People 12 copies
Roy, Arundhati The God of Small Things 20 copies
Sahota, Sunjeev China Room 12 copies
Savage, Thomas The Power of the Dog 12 copies
Schlink, Bernhard The Reader 15 copies
Seth, Vikram An Equal Music 13 copies
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft Frankenstein 15 copies
Simsion, Graeme The Rosie Project 12 copies
Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich 14 copies
St. Aubyn, Edward Mother’s Milk 16 copies
Steel, Danielle Until the End of Time 6 copies
Steinbeck, John Of Mice and Men 14 copies
Stockett, Kathryn The Help 12 copies
Swarup, Vikas Slumdog Millionaire 13 copies
Swift, Graham The Light of Day 9 copies
Tartt, Donna The Little Friend 15 copies
Towles, Amor A Gentleman in Moscow 11 copies
Townsend, Sue The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year 20 copies
Trollope, Joanna The Soldier’s Wife 9 copies
Troth, Catriona Ghost Town 13 copies
Tutton, Chris Failing of Angels 8 copies
Vickers, Salley Cousins 14 copies
Ward, Rhiannon The Quickening 12 copies
Waters, Sarah Fingersmith 16 copies
Waters, Sarah The Little Stranger 9 copies
Winman, Sarah When God was a Rabbit 16 copies
Wood, Charlotte The Weekend 12 copies
Wood, Monica The One in a Million Boy 12 copies
Woolf, Virginia To the Lighthouse 15 copies
Ybarra, Gabriela The Dinner Guest 15 copies
Zusak, Markus The Book Thief 12 copies
Historical
Author Book title Number of copies
Catton, Eleanor The Luminaries 10 copies
Chevalier, Tracy The Last Runaway 15 copies
Clarke, Lindsay The War at Troy 14 copies
Cornwell, Bernard 1356 15 copies
Davies, Peter Ho The Welsh Girl 13 copies
Elton, Ben Two brothers 9 copies
Gregory, Philippa The White Princess 11 copies
Grenville, Kate The Secret River 15 copies
Hargrave, Kiran Millwood The Mercies 12 copies
Mantel, Hilary Bring Up the Bodies 20 copies
Mantel, Hilary Wolf Hall 14 copies
Miller, Andrew Pure 15 copies
Parsons, Tony Beyond the Bounty (Quick Read) 14 copies
Sepetys, Ruta Between Shades of Gray 14 copies
Horror
Author Book title Number of copies
Dunmore, Helen The Greatcoat 10 copies
Levin, Ira The Stepford Wives 15 copies
Non-Fiction
Author Book title Number of copies
Astley, Neil (ed.) Staying Alive: real poems for unreal times 15 copies
Bainbridge, David Middle Age: a natural history 15 copies
Bathurst, Bella The Lighthouse Stevensons 13 copies
Bell, Jo Kith 11 copies
Braun, Adam The Promise of a Pencil 6 copies
Chang, Jung Wild Swans 12 copies
Dalyrymple, William From the Holy Mountain 15 copies
Flyn, Cal Islands of Abandonment 12 copies
Gilbert, Elizabeth Eat, Pray, Love 11 copies
Kay, Jackie Red Dust Road 10 copies
MacIntyre, Ben Agent Sonya 11 copies
MacOnie, Stuart Long Road from Jarrow 15 copies
McNab, Andy Today Everything Changes (Quick Read) 16 copies
Moore, Wendy Wedlock: how Georgian Britain’s worst husband met his match 14 copies
Sanghera, Sathnam Empireland: how imperialism has shaped modern Britain 12 copies
Seierstad, Asne The Bookseller of Kabul 13 copies
Sissay, Lemn My Name is Why 12 copies
Summerscale, Kate The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, or the Murder at Road Hill House 9 copies
Walmsley, Ann The Prison Book Club 11 copies
Winn, Raynor The Salt Path 11 copies
Wood, Adam The Watchmaker's Revenge 11 copies
Sci-Fi
Author Book title  Number of copies
Tchaikovsky, Adrian Children of Time 12 copies
Tucker, Mike Doctor Who: The Silurian Gift (Quick Read) 12 copies
Thriller
Author Book title Number of copies
Baldacci, David The Innocent 8 copies
Baldacci, David Last Man Standing 15 copies
Beukes, Lauren The Shining Girls 10 copies
Billingham, Mark Rush of Blood 9 copies
Clark, Mary Higgins Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting 8 copies
Coben, Harlan Six Years 13 copies
Cumming, Charles Box 88 12 copies
Deaver, Jeffery The Kill Room 7 copies
Dicker, Joel The Enigma of Room 622 12 copies
Feeney, Alice I Know Who You Are 8 copies
Goddard, Robert Fault Line 8 copies
Grisham, John The Racketeer 7 copies
Hallett, Janice The Appeal 12 copies
Hayes, Terry I Am Pilgrim 7 copies
Kernick, Simon Ultimatum 11 copies
Kernick, Simon Wrong Time, Wrong Place (Quick Read) 12 copies
Kirino, Natsuo Out 12 copies
Le Carre, John A Most Wanted Man 14 copies
Mackintosh, Clare I Let You Go 12 copies
Miller, Derek B. Norwegian by Night 15 copies
Parris, S. J. Sacrilege 14 copies
Patterson, James Gone 8 copies
Patterson, James Guilty Wives 7 copies
Patterson, James I, Michael Bennett 8 copies
Patterson, James Merry Christmas, Alex Cross 6 copies
Patterson, James Private Berlin 8 copies
Patterson, James Private L.A. 9 copies
Patterson, James Zoo 14 copies
Pinborough, Sarah Behind Her Eyes 10 copies
Rose, Karen Watch Your Back 7 copies
Sansom, C. J. Dominion 11 copies
Slaughter, Karin Unseen 9 copies
Torday, Paul Light Shining in the Forest 17 copies
Toyne, Simon The Tower 11 copies
YA
Author Book title Number of copies
Blackman, Malorie Noughts and Crosses 20 copies
Bowler, Tim Sea of Whispers 8 copies
Boyne, John The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas 14 copies
Crossan, Sarah The Weight of Water 9 copies
James, Lauren The Quiet at the End of the World 8 copies
Reichs, Kathy Code 16 copies
Saenz, Benjamin Alire Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe 8 copies
Wooding, Chris Silver 10 copies

Libraries and Information Service

Address: Central Library
Smithford Way
Coventry
CV1 1FY

Telephone: 024 7683 2314 [tel:02476832314]

Play Readers' Group collection

Play Readers' Group collection
Author Play
Aeschylus The Oresteian Trilogy
Albee, Edward The Zoo Story
Anouilh, Jean Becket or The Honour of God
Anouilh, Jean The Lark
Anouilh, Jean Ring Round the Moon
Anouilh, Jean The Waltz of the Toreadors
Arden, John Serjeant Musgrave's Dance
Aristophanes Lysistrata
Ayckbourn, Alan How the Other Half Loves
Ayckbourn, Alan Three Plays
Ayckbourn, Alan Mixed Doubles
Ayckbourn, Alan The Norman Conquests
Ayckbourn, Alan Ten Times Table
Ayckbourn, Alan Time and Time Again
Bagnold, Enid The Chalk Garden
Barrie, James Matthew The Admirable Crichton
Batson, George The House on the Cliff
Benfield, Derek Wild Goose Chase
Besier, Rudolf The Barretts of Wimpole Street
Bloomfield, Robert Portrait of Murder
Bolt, Robert A Man for All Seasons
Bolt, Robert Vivat Vivat Regina
Bond, Edward Narrow Road to the Deep North
Bond, Edward Saved
Box, Muriel A Marriage Has Been Disarranged
Brecht, Bertold The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Brighouse, Harold Hobson's Choice
Browne, Wynard The Holly and the Ivy
Camoletti, Marc Boeing Boeing
Carroll, Paul Vincent Beauty is Fled
Carroll, Paul Vincent The King Who Could Not Laugh
Cary, Falkland Litton An Air for Murder
Cary, Falkland Litton Crystal Clear
Cary, Falkland Litton The Proof of the Poison
Cary, Falkland Litton The Recco
Chappell, Eric The Banana Box
Charles, Moie Murder at the Vicarage
Chekhov, Anton Pavlovich The Seagull
Christie, Agatha An Afternoon at the Seaside
Christie, Agatha The Mousetrap
Christie, Agatha The Patient
Christie, Agatha The Rats
Christie, Agatha Spider's Web
Christie, Agatha The Unexpected Guest
Christie, Agatha Witness for the Prosecution
Coke, Peter Breath of Spring
Coke, Peter Fool's Paradise
Coke, Peter Midsummer Milk
Collins, Freda Folk Tale Plays
Congreve, William The Way of the World
Cooney, Ray My Giddy Aunt
Cooney, Ray Not Now Darling
Coward, Noel Blithe Spirit
Coward, Noel Nude With Violin
Coward, Noel Present Laughter
Coward, Noel Relative Values
Coward, Noel Still Life
Cox, Constance Everyman
Cox, Constance Lord Arthur Savile's Crime
Cox, Constance Maria Marten or Murder in the Red Barn
Coxe, Louis. O. Billy Budd
Cruden, Thomas Life of Hercules: Page One
Delaney, Shelagh The Lion in Love
Delderfield, Ronald Frederick Home is the Hunted
Delderfield, Ronald Frederick Worm's Eye View
Dickens, Charles A Christmas Carol (ad. Sutton, Shaun)
Dickens, Charles A Christmas Carol (dramatised Foss, Kenelm)
Dighton, John The Happiest Days of Your Life
Dinner, William The Late Edwina Black
Douglas, Felicity According to the Evidence
Du Maurier, Daphne Rebecca
Durbridge, Francis Suddenly at Home
Durrenmatt, Friedrich The Physicists
Dyer, Charles. R. Rattle of a Simple Man
East, Donald The Lucky One
Eliot, Thomas Stearns The Cocktail Party
England, Barry Conduct Unbecoming
Feely, Terence Who Killed Santa Claus?
Feydeau, Georges A Flea in Her Ear
Frayn, Michael Alarms and Excursions
Frayn, Michael Benefactors
Friel, Brian The Freedom of the City
Friel, Brian Lovers
Frisby, Terence There's a Girl in my Soup
Fry, Christopher Plays
Galsworthy, John Famous Plays
Gogol, Nikolai Vasilevich The Government Inspector
Goldman, James The Lion in Winter
Goldsby, Angela and Robert Let's Get a Divorce
Goldsmith, Oliver She Stoops to Conquer or The Mistakes of a Night
Goodman, Jules Eckert Treasure Island
Gow, Ronald Scuttleboom's Treasure
Halliwell, David Little Malcolm and His Struggle against the Eunuchs
Hamilton, Patrick Gaslight
Harris, Elmer Johnny Belinda
Harris, Richard Who Goes Bare?
Harvey, Wilfred All the Tea in China
Hastings, Charlotte Bonaventure
Holland, Norman The Militants
Home, William Douglas The Bishop and the Actress
Home, William Douglas The Chiltern Hundreds
Home, William Douglas The Secretary Bird
Horne, Kenneth And This Was Odd
Horne, Kenneth Fools Rush In
Horne, Kenneth Jane Steps Out
Horne, Kenneth Wolf's Clothing
Houghton, Stanley Dear Departed
Houghton, Stanley Hindle Wakes: A Play in Three Acts
Hsiung, Shih I. Lady Precious Stream
Ibsen, Henrik A Doll's House
Ibsen, Henrik An Enemy of the People
Ionesco, Eugene Rhinoceros
Jacobs, W. W. The Monkey's Paw
Johnson, Philip April Dawn
Johnson, Philip Charade
Johnson, Philip The Late Miss Cordell
Johnson, Philip Master Dudley
Johnson, Philip Where Every Prospect Pleases
Jonson, Ben The Alchemist
Kelly, John Donald Queer Street
Kesselring, Joseph Arsenic and Old Lace
King, Philip Big.. Bad.. Mouse!
King, Philip Dark Lucy
King, Philip Elementary, My Dear
King, Philip Go Bang Your Tambourine
King, Philip Here We Come Gathering
King, Philip I'll Get My Man
King, Philip Milk and Honey
King, Philip Murder in Company
King, Philip Rock-a-Bye, Sailor
King, Philip So Far - No Further
Knott, Frederick Dial M for Murder
Knott, Frederick Wait Until Dark
Laurie, Rona Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and Friends
Lawler, Ray Summer of the Seventeenth Doll
Levy, Benn The Rape of the Belt
Lodge, David The Writing Game
Lovegrove, Arthur Just Another Day
Luke, Peter Hadrian the Seventh
McCracken, Esther Quiet Wedding
McLoughlin, Maurice Brush With a Body
Mackie, Philip The Whole Truth
Marriott, Anthony No Sex, Please - We're British
Maugham, William Somerset The Constant Wife
Melville, Alan Dear Charles
Mercer, David Ducksong
Mercer, David Flint
Millar, Ronald Abelard and Heloise
Millar, Ronald The Bride and the Bachelor
Millar, Ronald Waiting for Gillian
Miller, Arthur Death of a Salesman
Miller, Arthur A View from the Bridge
Mills, Hugh The House by the Lake
Milne, Alan Alexander The Man in the Bowler Hat
Milne, Alan Alexander The Ugly Duckling
Moliere, Jean Baptiste Poquelin The Miser
Moliere, Jean Baptiste Poquelin The School for Wives (ad. Malleson, Miles)
Moliere, Jean Baptiste Poquelin Tartuffe or The Imposter
Morris, Thomas Baden Cloud over the Morning
Morris, Thomas Baden Little Nut-Tree
Morris, Thomas Baden The Sleeping Fires
Mortimer, John The Collaborators
Mortimer, John Collect Your Hand Baggage
Mortimer, John Knightsbridge
Mortimer, John Lunch Hour
Mortimer, John Two Stars for Comfort
Mortimer, John A Voyage Round my Father
Murdoch, Iris A Severed Head
Naughton, Bill Alfie
Naughton, Bill All in Good Time
Naughton, Bill Spring and Port Wine
Nichols, Peter The National Nurse or Nurse Norton's Affair
Obey, Andre Noah
O'Casey, Sean Juno and the Paycock
Orton, Joe Entertaining Mr Sloane
Orton, Joe Loot
Osborne, John The Entertainer
Parker, David The Collector
Peach, Lawrence du Garde The White Sheep of the Family
Pearn, V. A. Through the Looking Glass
Pinero, Arthur Wing The Second Mrs Tanqueray
Pinero, Arthur Wing Trelawny of the Wells
Pinter, Harold The Birthday Cake
Pinter, Harold The Caretaker
Pinter, Harold The Dumb Waiter
Popplewell, Jack Busybody
Popplewell, Jack Dead on Nine
Priestley, John Boynton Dangerous Corner
Priestley, John Boynton An Inspector Calls and Other Plays
Priestley, John Boynton Time and the Conways
Priestley, John Boynton When We are Married
Rattigan, Terence The Deep Blue Sea
Rattigan, Terence French Without Tears
Rattigan, Terence Harlequinade
Rattigan, Terence Ross
Rattigan, Terence Separate Tables
Rayburn, Joyce Cat in the Bag
Rayburn, Joyce Don't Start Without Me
Rayburn, Joyce The Man Most Likely To
Ridley, Arnold The Ghost Train
Roffrey, Jack Hostile Witness
Rosser, Austin Sweeney Todd
Ruskin, Sheila The Owl and the Pussycat Went to See
Saunders, James Scent of Flowers
Sayers, Dorothy Leigh The Man Born to be King
Schnitzler, Arthur Laronde
Shaffer, Peter Amadeus
Shaffer, Peter Black Comedy
Shaffer, Peter Five Finger Exercise
Shaffer, Peter The Private Ear
Shaffer, Peter The Public Eye
Shaffer, Peter The Royal Hunt of the Sun
Shakespeare, William King Henry V
Shakespeare, William The Merchant of Venice
Shakespeare, William A Midsummer Night's Dream
Shakespeare, William Much Ado About Nothing
Shakespeare, William Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare, William The Tempest
Shakespeare, William The Tragedy of Macbeth
Shakespeare, William Twelfth Night
Shaw, George Bernard Pygmalion
Shaw, George Bernard Saint Joan
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley The Rivals
Sherriff, Robert Cedric Journey's End
Simpson, Norman Frederick One Way Pendulum
Simpson, Norman Frederick A Resounding Tinkle
Smith, Dodie Dear Octopus
Spewack, Samuel My Three Angels
Stoppard, Tom Albert's Bridge
Stoppard, Tom Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Storey, David The Changing Room
Storm, Lesley Roar Like a Dove
Taylor, Samuel Sabrina Fair
Terson, Peter Zigger Zagger / Mooney and his Caravans
Thomas, Basil Book of the Month
Travers, Ben Rookery Nook
Turner, Margaret Come Home, My Children
Voight, Cherry Let's Be Friends
Weathers, Philip Tell-Tale Murder
Wesker, Arnold Chicken Soup with Barley
Wesker, Arnold Roots
Westall, Robert The Machine-Gunners
Whiting, John The Devils
Wilde, Oscar The Importance of Being Earnest
Wilde, Oscar Lady Windermere's Fan
Williams, Emlyn A Murder Has Been Arranged
Willis, Ted Doctor at Sea
Willis, Ted Woman in a Dressing Gown

 

Live music in your library

Get it Loud in Libraries

Coventry Libraries have been hosting live music events since 2016 when Spring King, a post-punk band from Manchester, played Central Library. Since then, the library has hosted many more emerging and established music acts, such as Idles, Fontaines DC, Sam Fender, VANT and Jorja Smith. The bands are generally on the cusp of breaking through into mainstream and are also an ideal event for young people and families. These fantastic gigs are all part of the unique award-winning Get It Loud In Libraries project, designed to give people who love music the chance to see top-notch artists in their local library. As part of the project, the library also hosted an evening with lead singer of The Charlatans, Tim Burgess.

Take a look at photos and videos from previous gigs:

Get tickets for forthcoming acts and read more information [http://getitloudinlibraries.com/].

If you would like to be informed about future events email libraries247@coventry.gov.uk [mailto:libraries247@coventry.gov.uk] to be added to the mailing list.

Check out other events and library newsletter [https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKCOVENTRY/subscriber/new?topic_id=UKCOVENTRY_291].

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @covlibraries.

Get Online Week

Coventry Libraries are hosting events across Coventry this year for Get Online Week, the UK’s biggest annual digital inclusion campaign, run by Good Things Foundation [https://uk.getonlineweek.com/]

During the week of 16 - 22 October, we will be hosting free digital skills events to help more people to get online safely, confidently, and affordably. 

Why is Get Online Week important? 

Source: Good Things Foundation

  • 2.9 billion people are digitally excluded worldwide (ITU, 2021)
  • 10.2 million people lack the basic digital skills needed to use the internet (Lloyds Consumer Digital Index, 2022)
  • 6.9 million people in the UK will remain digitally excluded if nothing is done to help them (Cebr, 2018)
  • 1 in 5 people have stopped using products or services because they’re only available online
  • Three quarters of people would feel cut off from society if they didn’t have access to the internet

Events

Saturday 14 October 2023

Event Time Location
BorrowBox e-book and e-audiobook taster 2pm - 3pm Allesley Park Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/allesleyparklibrary]

Monday 16 October 2023

Event Time Location
Learn My Way: digital skills 11am - 12noon Coundon Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/coundonlibrary]
Conversation Cafe with digital games 1pm - 2pm Jubilee Crescent Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/jubileecrescentlibrary]
BorrowBox e-book and e-audiobook taster 2.30pm - 3.30pm Central Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/centrallibrary]
Learn My Way: digital skills 5pm - 6pm Willenhall Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/willenhalllibrary]

Tuesday 17 October 2023

Event Time Location
Conversation Cafe with digital games 11am - 12noon Foleshill Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/foleshilllibrary]
Learn My Way: digital skills 1.30pm - 2.30pm Jubilee Crescent Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/jubileecrescentlibrary]

Wednesday 18 October 2023

Event Time Location
Family History Help 10.30am - 12noon Central Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/centrallibrary]

Thursday 19 October 2023

Event Time Location
Virtual Reality and Immersive Audio 10am - 12noon Foleshill Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/foleshilllibrary]
Virtual Reality and Immersive Audio 11am - 1pm Central Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/centrallibrary]
Conversation Cafe with digital games 11.45am - 12.45pm Bell Green Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/bellgreenlibrary]
Virtual Reality and Immersive Audio 4pm - 6pm Bell Green Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/bellgreenlibrary]
Online Chess 4.30pm - 5.30pm Jubilee Crescent Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/jubileecrescentlibrary]

Friday 20 October 2023

Event Time Location
Conversation Cafe with digital games 10am - 11am Central Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/centrallibrary]
Family History Help 10am - 11am Willenhall Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/willenhalllibrary]
Virtual Reality and Immersive Audio 2pm - 4pm Central Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/centrallibrary]
Virtual Reality and Immersive Audio 4pm - 6pm Foleshill Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/foleshilllibrary]
Virtual Reality and Immersive Audio 4pm - 6pm Stoke Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/stokelibrary]
BorrowBox e-book and e-audiobook taster 5pm - 6pm Jubilee Crescent Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/jubileecrescentlibrary]

Saturday 21 October 2023

Event Time Location
Virtual Reality and Immersive Audio 10am - 12noon Bell Green Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/bellgreenlibrary]
Virtual Reality and Immersive Audio 10am - 12noon Stoke Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/stokelibrary]
Life in the UK Test Go Citizen digital resource 11am - 12noon Foleshill Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/foleshilllibrary]
Fighting Fake News with games 11.30am - 1.30pm Stoke Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/stokelibrary]
Virtual Reality and Immersive Audio 1.30pm - 3.30pm Central Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/centrallibrary]
Fighting Fake News with games 2.30pm - 3.30pm Aldermoor Library [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/aldermoorlibrary]

You can find these events listed alongside all Coventry Libraries and Information Service events [https://librarycatalogue.coventry.gov.uk/whats-on#/].