Book Club - Translink

Translink NI Railways Book Club

Have you ever considered that taking the train gives you extra time to yourself – time to do something really enjoyable such as getting lost in a great book?

Translink N I Railways has its own Book Club with the aim of getting more people to make time to read.

Reading is a great past-time, beneficial for both children and adults. It can help people to cope with stress and anxiety, and provide a form of relaxation and escapism. It is also a great 'brain tool', helping people of all ages to learn and develop important life skills, in terms of education, self improvement, positive life choices and all round well-being.

We have 6 static bookcases at the following rail stations:

  • Central Station
  • Great Victoria Street
  • Bangor
  • Carrickfergus
  • Lisburn

Passengers can pick up a book for their journey and when finished, leave it back on a bookshelf in one of our stations. This is an exciting initiative and we encourage you to help us keep it going.

How Does It Work?

 If you find a book on the train or in one of our stations while on a day out with the family or on your way to work, all you need to do is follow 3 easy steps – Read, Register Review and Return!

1. Read

Take advantage of the free time on board that rail travel offers. To get really hooked – you can even take the book with you to read at your leisure at home or on holiday.

2. Register Review (optional)

If you want to follow your book’s travels or read reviews, why not get involved with Log onto and enter your details to join this free scheme. Once you have inputted all the relevant information to join and selected finish, you can then select “my shelf” and follow the steps to register and release your selected book or some of your own books.

Once you have read the book you can create your own BCID number from and follow the instructions to make a brief journal entry about the book, where it has travelled and you can even record a review of the book. This means others who read the book after you can find out more about its bookcrossing history and what other readers thought about it.

3. Return

Once you are finished with it please leave the book back to one of the static bookcases at any of the stations for others to enjoy.

Get Involved and Donate Books to the Club

Help us keep this book club going by donating books you no longer want.

Books can be registered and released at (optional)

Leave registered books at the book cases at any of the 6 key stations or, alternatively, books can be sent to the Marketing Department, Central Station, Belfast and then they will be available for others to enjoy.

Help us to encourage even more people to make time to read.