Find books that can help with health:
Pick up a pick-me-up at your local library.
Research shows that reading improves mental well-being whatever the weather! If you are feeling stressed, depressed or just want a bit of a pick-me-up, boost your mood with a recommended read.
Libraries are the ideal place to find a mood-boosting book. As community hubs, libraries are also great places to:
- sample a book group
- meet others
- get reading recommendations
The books are all recommended by readers and reading groups. This includes books chosen by:
It includes books ranging from novels and non-fiction to poetry and graphic novels. To read one of these books:
- reserve the book online
- check to see if they are available as an e-book or e-audio book
- go to your local library to borrow the book
Books on Prescription helps you understand and manage your health and wellbeing with self-help reading. Health professionals endorse Books on Prescription.
It also signposts people to other wellbeing services in libraries, including:
- social and recreational activity such as reading groups
- community volunteering
There are 4 Reading Well lists, Books on Prescription for:
The books are available to borrow from your local library.
For conditions such as anxiety and depression. View the Reading Well for mental health booklists.
Recommends books you might find helpful if you:
- have dementia
- are caring for someone with dementia
- want to find out more about the condition
The books include:
- information and advice
- help after diagnosis
- practical support for carers
- personal stories
Provides recommended reading to help you:
- understand and manage your mental health and wellbeing
- build emotional resilience
The scheme provides advice, information and support on a range of issues such as:
- exam stress
Young people can be referred to titles on the booklist by health professionals such as:
- school counsellors
- school nurses
- Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) practitioners
The scheme may be used while waiting for, or alongside, other forms of treatment as a key element in a supported programme. It can also be used as a stand-alone treatment for young people that GPs have not yet referred to CYP IAPT services.
Provides people living with long term conditions and their carers with:
- expert endorsed health information
- self-management support
The book list has titles covering:
- general information on living well with a long term condition
- specific conditions like diabetes, arthritis, COPD, asthma, heart disease, angina, IBS and stroke
- symptom-based titles about:
- mental health related to living with a long term condition
- sleeping difficulties
- pain management
- other titles, including:
- titles for family and carers
- fiction and personal stories related to living with a long term condition
You may also be interested in the Reading Well mood-boosting books list.
The items listed in the booklist are just a taster of the type of stock that we hold. You can request specific titles that are not in stock via:
We have many books and resources that can help you and your family support your child's wellbeing.
The children's wellbeing books are recommended by professionals to help you understand issues such as: