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Book club

The Oxford Alumni Office is delighted to introduce a brand new online alumni book club, which is offered as a free benefit to the alumni community.

Join fellow alumni in thought provoking discussions as we discover the set texts together, moderated by a dedicated group leader who will encourage debate and suggest critical points for analysis.

The first text will be pre-selected to kick things off, and after that we will have the chance to vote on the texts as a group, shaping the book club as we go along.

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How are the books selected?

Book one is pre-selected to get things going, and afterwards, we’ll vote between several options each period and select each book based on participants’ interests.

How do I get hold of the books that are selected?

You will need either to buy, borrow or download a copy of the texts we select as a group. Readers are responsible for sourcing the texts themselves.

How often will books be read and what is the time commitment?

We’ll read a book every two months. If you have on average 30 minutes a week to read you should be fine. There is no required level of participation in group discussions; if don’t have time to read one of the books that's okay. The goal of the club is to make connections with other alumni through reading, so please take it at your own pace.

Will the book club meet in person?

No, the book club will be entirely online. The advantage of this is that alumni living all over the world can participate, meaning we will get diverse perspectives on the texts we read.

How many people can join?

There is no limit to the number of people who can join the book club; the more the merrier!

Is there any cost to participate?

Participation is free for Oxford alumni. Readers are responsible for buying, borrowing or downloading the texts we read.

How do book club discussions work?

Our book club will have a dedicated moderator who manages the forum where discussions occur online. The moderator will pose questions to the group, share relevant articles, and facilitate conversation about topics in the book. Members will be encouraged to post and share as well. This format allows for ongoing conversation and makes it easy for alumni to connect with each other. 

What if my question isn't answered here?

Feel free to send an email to and we'd be happy to help.