Books on prescription

Common Mental Health conditions

Reading and listening can help people to manage their mental health issues and regain the confidence to enjoy life. Working in partnership with the Royal Borough Library services, doctors and other health professionals prescribe self-help books. These include topics such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, mood swings, anger, eating disorders, chronic fatigue and obsessive compulsive disorder.


The Library Service can provide books to help and support for people with dementia, as well as carers and anyone who would like to find out more about the condition. There are four categories of books: information and advice, living well, support for relatives and carers, and personal stories.

Long term conditions

Launched in 2017, the Reading Well for Long Term Conditions collection of books focuses on living well with a range of common long-term health conditions. The list looks at diabetes, arthritis, breathing difficulties, heart disease, angina, irritable bowel syndrome and stroke.  It has been designed for those living with a long-term condition as well as families and carers.  It will include information on sleeping difficulties and pain management as well as personal stories.

How does it work?

  • Bring your book prescription into a borough library.
  • You can join the library, if not already a member, and borrow 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.
  • To find out further information and a list of books, please see the Reading Agency website.

Libraries : Contact details

For further information, please contact us by:

Library services - Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
St Ives Road
Maidenhead SL6 1QU
Telephone: 01628 796969