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Health and Well Being

Libraries have books to help people manage a range of health conditions. The collections include helpful information about common mental health for both adults and young people; dementia; long term physical conditions, as well as books to lift your mood.

 Reading Well - books on prescription

Recommended Books for Mental Health

Reading Well Books on Prescription are books recommended by health professionals. They may be prescribed or borrowed from any Gloucestershire Library

Books on the list have been carefully selected and are designed to cover a range of mild to moderate mental health conditions including stress, anxiety, anger, phobias and depression.

NHS Reading Well Books on Prescription 2018 list

NHS Reading Well Books on Prescription

Recommended Books for Dementia

Reading Well for Dementia

There are 25 books about dementia. The  dementia leaflet includes all of the titles and there is also a synopsis available which summarises content.

These specially chosen books will provide help and support for people with dementia, carers of people with dementia and anyone who would like to find out more about the condition or is worried about symptoms.

Gloucestershire Libraries’ Share A Poem Groups

Join one of our friendly Share a Poem groups who meet regularly in a relaxed setting to share and talk about poetry.

Our groups are all inclusive and we welcome people who are experiencing memory loss, their close relatives and friends, to join us.

 The following libraries run regular sessions:

  • Bishop’s Cleeve Library – every Friday 10.30 – 12.00  Tel: 01242 672217
  • Gloucester Library – every Thursday  10.30 – 12.00  Tel: 01452 426973
  • Tewkesbury Library – Tuesday fortnightly, 10.30 – 12.00 Tel: 01684 293086
  • Quedgeley Library – every Monday 10.30 – 12.00 Tel: 01452 721233


Reading Well collection for Children

The new Reading Well collection for children is stocked in 12 of our libraries and books can be reserved online

Full list of all 33 books can be seen here: Reading Well for Children 

All the titles have been chosen by children, carers, health experts and librarians and are designed to help children deal with worries, feel better and boost mood.

Books for Mental Health for Young People 

 Shelf Help is a list of books chosen by young people and medical practitioners to advise on anxiety and other mental health issues.Shelf Help leaflet

Shelf Help - Reading Well for young people

Recommended Books for Long Term Conditions

These are carefully chosen books which are helpful if you have, or are caring for someone, with a long term physical health condition.

Reading Well for Long Term Conditions leaflet

Reading Well Long Term Conditions 

Collections are available in all Gloucestershire Libraries

Useful Links

Reading Agency, Reading Well website

Other health related sites

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