Books on Prescription

Norfolk libraries run scheme called Reading Well Books on Prescription. Reading Well is a national scheme developed by the Reading Agency and is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries.

The scheme provides self-help book based support for adults to help them manage their own health and wellbeing. There are 30 titles in the scheme and they cover topics such as anxiety, stress, depression, sleep problems and chronic pain. There are also a range of books designed for people living with dementia, their family and carers.

Health professionals have the option to prescribe a book to patients from the core list of titles however anyone in the community can “self-prescribe” by choosing and reserving books through the library website. We have stocks of all the books we prescribe and if the book is not currently at the library it is possible to request that it is transferred to the preferred library in Norfolk at no cost.

There are Reading Well Books on Prescription User Guides which are designed for GPs, Pharmacists and health professionals to give out to patients. They are available to order in hard copy via the HILs service or by contacting Alison Rainton –


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