Reading Well Books on Prescription and other services to support mental health and well-being in Wokingham Borough Libraries

small_ReadingWell_bookpanel_BOPWokingham Borough Libraries supports the Reading Well Books on Prescription Scheme which helps people manage their well-being using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals.

The books provide helpful information and step-by-step self-help techniques for managing common conditions, including depression and anxiety. The books are available for anyone to borrow from the library, they may have been recommended by a GP, psychological well-being practitioner or another health professional.

Books are free to borrow or they can be reserved. They may also be available in different formats See

There is good evidence from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
that self-help books can help people understand and manage common conditions, including anxiety and depression.  Although books can sometimes work on their own, research has shown that self-help approaches work best when there is support from a health professional. If you have been referred to an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service, you might be seen by a pscychological well-being practitioner, who can guide you through the information. The books have been recommended by experts. They have been tried and tested an found to be useful.

The full list of books is available at

There is also a similar list to support young people called The Reading Well for Young People Scheme. 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. More information is available at

Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia recommends books you might find helpful if you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia or would like to find out more about the condition

To mark World Mental Health Day on October 10 2017 Wokingham Library has a range of books from the Books on Prescription schemes on display, please visit the library to see what’s on offer. The books are also available throughout the other 9 libraries in the borough.

Talking Therapies  will also be at Wokingham Library on Tuesday October 10, 2017 to promote World Mental Health Day. Just drop in and find out what they do!

Wokingham Borough Libraries host a range of activities for people in the community including book groups, creative writing groups, reading aloud groups, reminiscence groups and craft groups. These groups meet throughout the year and they are a great way to meet like minded people and make friends. If you or anyone you know would be interested in finding out more about a group in your area please go to or call (0118) 9781368