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Books for health

Find books that can help with health:

Mood Boosting Books

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:

Reading Well Books on Prescription

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

Reading Well lists

There are 4 Reading Well lists, Books on Prescription for:

The books are available to borrow from your local library.

Books on prescripton for mental health

For conditions such as anxiety and depression. View the Reading Well for mental health booklists

Books on prescription for dementia

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 

View the Reading Well for dementia booklists

Books on prescription for young people

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:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • bullying
  • exam stress

Young people can be referred to titles on the booklist by health professionals such as:

  • GPs
  • 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.

View the Reading Well for young people booklist

Books on prescription for long term conditions

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
    • fatigue
    • pain management
  • other titles, including:
    • titles for family and carers
    • fiction and personal stories related to living with a long term condition

View the Reading Well for long term conditions booklist

More Reading Well resources

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:

Children's wellbeing

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:

  • anxiety
  • anger
  • ADHD

View the supporting children's wellbeing leaflet

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