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Books & Reading


You can borrrow...

  • Up to 24-items.
  • Books, eBooks and eAudio books, large print books and magazines for free.
  • Talking books for free if you're under 18 years.
  • Talking books and Playaways for free if you have a visual impairment.
  • Playaways; audio books on a pocket sized digital media player.

Book Doctor

  • Don't know what to read next?
  • Looking for a book to cheer you up?
    Share your interests and the Book Doctor will prescribe up to six books.

Book Groups

  • Interested in joining a Book Group?
  • Already a member of a group?
  • Want to know what you can access for free through the Library Service?
    See here for more information Book Groups

Reading Well

We have a growing number of specialist collections, set up by the Reading Agency, called Books on Prescription for self help, and Mood Boosting books for uplifting reading.

Books on Prescription

  • Common Mental Health Conditions
    Helping people to manage their mental health issues and to regain the confidence to enjoy life. Doctors and other health professionals, in partnership with RBWM library services, prescribe self-help books on anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, mood swings, anger, eating disorders, chronic fatigue and obsessive compulsive disorder.
  • Dementia
    Providing help and support for people with dementia, carers and anyone who would like to find out more about the condition. There are 4 categories of books: information and advice, living well, support for relatives and carers, and personal stories.
  • How does it work?
    • Bring your book prescription into a Borough library and it will be treated with discretion.
    • You can join the library, if not already a member, and borrow these self-help books for six weeks; they can be collected by someone else on your behalf.
    • If your book isn't available we will get it from another library, free of charge.
    • If you find the prescribed book isn't helping, go back to your doctor and seek further advice. You may be prescribed a different book or the doctor may decide your condition requires a different approach.
    • If your mood deteriorates, it is important you see a health professional as soon as possible.

Click here to find out further information and a list of books produced by the Reading Agency.

Mood Boosting Books

A selection of uplifting books chosen by a diverse cross-section of people. There are plenty of great titles to choose from, both fiction and non-fiction books. Available through your local library.

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Modified: 2015-05-05
Published: Tue, 05 May 2015 11:36:07
Author: Allison Helyer
Editor: Allison.Helyer