The Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme helps people to manage common conditions through self-help books recommended by health experts.

How does Books on Prescription work?

Your doctor or health professional will prescribe a book for you to borrow, and staff at your local library will then help you find it.

Library members can borrow any of the books, even without a prescription. If you are not already a member, bring your prescription or ID to the library and you can join straight away. There is no joining fee and it is a completely confidential service.
Books can work on their own or in conjunction with other forms of treatment. They do not replace treatments or medications.

Books on Prescription - books available

All books in the following collections are freely available at Wirral Libraries, including free reservations, for any library members. Books on Prescription will be loaned to you for an initial three week loan.

If you are interested in any title, search our catalogue to find which libraries it is located at, or to place your reservation.

Collections available

Reading Well Books on Prescription for adult common mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, phobias and some eating disorders.

Reading Well Books on Prescription for those living with dementia.

Reading Well for young people to help, understand and manage their mental health and wellbeing

Reading Well Mood-boosting Books is a national promotion of uplifting novels, non-fiction and poetry.  People using the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme may also like to try some mood-boosting fiction or poetry.  These books are not prescribed, endorsed or recommended by health professionals.