Reading Well - books to help your health and wellbeing
Buckinghamshire Libraries can support you to stay healthy and live well.
Our friendly staff and volunteers will guide you to:
- online resources
- local organisations
which will help you to look after and improve your health and wellbeing.
Looking for our Reading Well collections online?
Browse and checkout our Reading Well & Healthfor free with your library card and PIN at
Reading Well for long term conditions
Reading Well for long term conditions has a recommended reading list of 28 books that were selected by health experts and people living with long term conditions. The list includes health information, memoir and self-management titles and covers conditions such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease, as well as common symptoms such as fatigue, pain, wellbeing and sleep problems.
Reading Well for mental health
Are you feeling stressed, worried or low?
Buckinghamshire Libraries provide ‘self-help’ books which are full of strategies to help you to cope with your difficulties.
The books in this collection are free to reserve both online and in any Buckinghamshire Library. You can also collect your reservations from any Buckinghamshire Library. The books can be borrowed for 3 weeks and renewed up to a maximum of four renewals, unless reserved by another customer.
Macmillan Cancer Support booklist
has put together a cancer support list of core titles with information about cancer and people's experiences of living with cancer.
Macmillan Information Points
Buckinghamshire Libraries are working in partnership with to help our customers get access to information, services and support. We aim to improve access not only for those diagnosed with cancer, but also family, friends and carers.
have a permanent Macmillan Information Point with free information which you can read in the library or take away with you.and
Our friendly library staff have received face to face training from Macmillan to maintain an understanding of Macmillan’s role in the local community.
Reading Well for young people
Reading Well provides quality assured information and advice to help young people understand and manage their mental health. The scheme promotes emotional resilience and aims to reduce stigma around mental health issues.
The collection is a mix of fiction and non-fiction created for young people by young people.
Most of the Reading Well for young people collection are also available to borrow as eBooks
Reading Well for dementia
Do you have dementia or know someone living with the condition?
The dementia booklist is a collection of adult and children’s books which support people with dementia and their carers by raising awareness and increasing understanding of the condition.
The books in this collection can be reserved both online and in any Buckinghamshire Library. You can also collect your reservations from any Buckinghamshire Library.
Pictures to Share
These books cover a variety of themes and are designed to spark conversation and memories. Pictures to Share contain mostly pictures and a small amount of text and are ideal for family, friends and carers to use and develop a sense of togetherness with someone who is finding communication difficult.
Reminiscence - borrow objects to aid memories
Thecan help families and carers to remember the past and share experiences.
Items are available to anybody with a library card and are suitable for a wide range of uses.
Reading Well Mood-boosting books
Reading Well Mood-boosting Books scheme is a national promotion of uplifting novels, non-fiction and poetry selected by readers and reading groups.
The Reading Agency have also worked withto involve people who have been diagnosed with cancer in recommending books. Most of the books are not specifically about cancer but have been recommended as books that people found mood-boosting during or after treatment.
Have you read any of the books on the list? Which ones would you share with a friend who needs a boost? Let us know onor using #moodboosting
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