skip to content

Access online and zero-contact services across our libraries. Limited in-person services are available at the UL and in some Faculty and Department libraries. Visit Using the Library for information on services and support to help you study, teach and research.

Cambridge University Library

 
The Really Popular Book Club logo

The Really Popular Book Club is the new reading group hosted by Cambridge University Library. Everyone is invited to join us and our special guests to discuss a really popular book, one that we all know and perhaps or perhaps not love.

Coming up!

25 May: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

June TBC: 1984 by George Orwell

How to become a member

Each of our club meetings is completely free to join, and is open to everyone including members of the public and students and staff of the University.

To attend one of our club meetings, simply follow the links above. You will then receive an email confirmation containing a joining link.

You will need to register for each club meeting you want to attend. Keep an eye out here for all scheduled club meetings.

FAQs

Q: Do I need to download any software to join a club meeting?

A: No. Each club meeting is being held via Zoom Meetings which does not require that you download any software, or even register an account, to take part. When you click on the link (issued to you via email following registration), you will be taken to your web browser and be prompted to download Zoom. Ignore this and scroll to the bottom to where it reads "If you cannot download or run the application, join from your browser” and select the hyperlinked text, "join from your browser". For those who already have the Zoom application on their computer or device, the link will open the club meeting automatically through the application.

Q: Do I need to have read the book to attend?

A: While we hope that you are as passionate about the book as we are, it is not a requirement that you must have read the book beforehand. You may wish to use our club meetings for inspiration, but beware of plot spoilers!

Q: What can I expect when I join the club meeting?

A: Upon ‘entering’ the club meeting using the link issued to you when you registered, you will arrive in the virtual room with the other club members and the week’s hosts. If you have your webcam on (which we encourage to give the meeting the more personal touch), we will see you, but we will keep all your microphones muted. Individual microphones can be turned on by yourselves or our behind-the-scenes producer should you want to talk to the ‘room’.

Q: How do I share my own comments or questions at the club meeting?

A: Club members are asked to share their own reflections or questions relating the book by raising their virtual hand using the Raise Hand function in Zoom, or by using the Chat function.

Q: What if my question isn’t answered during the club meeting?

A: We will do our best to respond to and share as many of your comments and questions as possible during the club meeting. However, if we are unable to, feel free to contact events@lib.cam.ac.uk after the event and we will work to respond to as many of you as possible.