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Reading Well

Reading Well Books on Prescription helps people to understand and manage their health and wellbeing using helpful reading available from public libraries.

The books are chosen by health experts and people living with the conditions covered.  People can be recommended a title by a health professional, or they can visit their local library and take a book out for free.

Visit the Reading Well website for more information.

Reading Well for mental health

Reading Well for mental health provides books with helpful information and support for adults managing common mental health conditions, or dealing with difficult feelings and experiences.  Some books also include personal stories from people who are living with or caring for someone with mental health needs.   

The books have been recommended by mental health professionals and people with experience of the conditions covered.  They have been tried and tested and found helpful.

There is evidence from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) that self-help books can help people to understand and manage common mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety.

All of the titles on the list can be reserved free of charge from any Norfolk library, or online by visiting the library catalogue.  The books are available to borrow for up to six weeks.

GPs and health professionals can use this form to prescribe Reading Well for mental health books to patients (pdf).

Reading Well for long term conditions

Reading Well for long term conditions has been developed for people with long term health conditions and their relatives and carers.  The titles provide information and advice to support living well with a long term condition.

The books cover common symptoms associated with living with a long term condition including pain, fatigue, sleeping problems, and mental health and wellbeing.  There are also condition-specific titles covering conditions such as arthritis and diabetes.

All of the titles on the list can be reserved free of charge from any Norfolk library, or online by visiting the library catalogue.  The books are available to borrow for up to six weeks.

GPs and health professionals can use this form to prescribe Reading Well for long term conditions books to patients (pdf).

Shelf Help - Reading Well for young people

Reading Well for young people recommends expert endorsed books about mental health, providing 13 to 18 year olds with advice and information about issues like anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying and exams.

All Shelf Help titles can be reserved free of charge from any Norfolk library, or online by visiting the library catalogue. The books are available to borrow for up to six weeks.

GPs and health professionals can use this form to prescribe Shelf Help books to patients (pdf).

Reading Well for dementia

Reading Well for dementia recommends books you might find useful if you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia, or want to find out more about the condition.  The books include information and advice, help after diagnosis, practical support for carers and personal stories.

All titles on the Dementia booklist can be reserved free of charge from any Norfolk library, or online by visiting the library catalogue.  The books are available to borrow for up to six weeks.

GPs and health professionals can use this form to prescribe Reading Well for dementia books to patients (pdf).

Reminiscence kits are also available to borrow from the library.  The kits are designed for working with individuals at various stages of memory loss and those with communication difficulties.

Reserve a reminiscence kit

Reading Well Mood-boosting books

Reading Well Mood boosting Books is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books are all recommended by readers and reading groups.

All titles on the Mood-boosting booklist can be found on our catalogue.

The Reading Agency have also worked with Macmillan Cancer Support to create the Macmillan Mood-boosting booklist.  Most of the books have been recommended by people who have been diagnosed with cancer.  In general, the books are not specifically about cancer and have been recommended as books that people found mood-boosting before or after treatment.

All titles on the Macmillan Mood-boosting booklist can be found on our catalogue.

Macmillan cancer booklets

All libraries have a selection of Macmillan Cancer support booklets.

These booklets are provided in partnership between Norfolk Libraries, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Big C.

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