It is a scheme to help you use reading to understand and manage your health and wellbeing. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries in England. There are currently three book lists available: Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions, Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia and Reading Well for young people.
The books have all been recommended and endorsed by health professionals and have been tried and tested by people with experience of living with the conditions.
A GP or other health professional may give you a Reading Well Books on Prescription leaflet and recommend one or more of the titles on the accompanying form. The book should be available to borrow from your local library.
You do not have to share your recommendation, but library staff are always ready to help you find and borrow any books. Sharing your recommendation form with staff also helps us learn more about how people are using the scheme. All library book loans and borrower details are confidential.
Yes. The books are all available for anyone to borrow from the library. You do not need to have a recommendation from a health professional.
You might choose to read the whole book or focus on the parts that seem most relevant to you. This might be a discussion you have with a health professional.
We have produced overviews and guides to using your Reading Books on Prescription titles that you might find helpful.
Some libraries may provide:
- Reading groups – to find a reading group near you, ask in your local library or go to Reading Groups for Everyone
- Reading Well Mood-boosting Books – a national promotion of uplifting novels, poetry and non-fiction
- Information about local health services and support groups
- For the dementia scheme – reminiscence collections including historical objects, audio recordings, books, photographs and posters