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Books on prescription

 Reading Well Books on Prescription:

Reading Well Books on Prescription is an exciting new service available through public libraries. It is supported by health partners including the Department of Health IAPT Programme, Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Psychiatrists, British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, The British Psychological Society and Mind.

The scheme provides self-help reading for adults for a range of common mental health conditions including anxiety and depression. Reading Well Books on Prescription works within NICE guidelines. General Practitioners can recommend self-help reading to people. Books can also be recommended by other health professionals including mental health nurses, counsellors and IAPT psychological well-being practitioners.

Reading Well Books on Prescription is not designed to replace existing care but to provide added value and guidance. It can be used as a standalone treatment, alongside medication and psychological approaches and as an important element in a supported therapeutic programme.

Where are the books available?

The books are available in all Worcestershire Libraries. The scheme is free to use and books can be loaned for up to 3 weeks. There is a free reservation facility of titles as well as easy library joining for people with a recommendation form signed by a prescriber. The user guide also tells people about other well-being schemes services offered by libraries including mood boosting novels and poetry and reading groups.

Call 01905 822722 or visit your local library to find out more.

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Further information about the scheme is available at

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You can contact us in the following ways:


1. Q. Do I have to be a member of the library?

Yes but it is easy to join either at your nearest branch or online at
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2. Q. What if the book is unavailable?

A. If all copies are on loan to other readers, then the library will obtain a copy for you from another library or you can reserve a copy online yourself.
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3. Q. Can books really help?

A. There is very good evidence that books can help people who are experiencing problems. The books have been specially chosen for their quality. Not everyone will be helped in this way – it will depend on how much effort you put into following the guidance given by the book.
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Q. Is the service confidential?

A. Once you have your prescription, you can take it to the library or get someone else to take it for you. The library staff will treat you with respect - they will not share any information about who is borrowing a book or what it is about. Think of the library staff as you would your local pharmacist – someone who can deliver what is prescribed with professional expertise and ethical practice.
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Q. What if the book doesn't help?

A. Books on the list often do prove useful, but they are not going to be effective for everyone. If the book doesn't help, or you find that your difficulty or distress persists, then you will need to return to your GP (or the person who prescribed the book) to get further advice. There should be follow-up discussions with regard to the prescription with you as a part of the process.
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External websites

  • The Hive
    The first fully integrated Public and University Library and so much more – all under one amazing roof.  
  • Worcester Community Showcase 
    A central resource for information about clubs, societies, interest groups, organisations and events in Worcestershire.

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This page was last reviewed 6 May 2014 at 16:29.
The page is next due for review 2 November 2015.