Books on Prescription

Reading Well Books on Prescription

Our libraries have a collection of self-help books recommended by experts which can help people with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.


The Books on Prescription scheme is based on psychotherapy techniques and is supported by national charity the Reading Agency.

  • GPs and health professionals can suggest a book which patients can borrow from the library, free of charge
  • People can also look at a list of 30 titles available in Derbyshire libraries and select a book for themselves (see link attached to this page)
  • If the title is not available immediately a free request can be made 

You need to be a library member to borrow books from the scheme. If you're not a member it's quick and easy to join.

Books can help

There is evidence (opens in a new window) from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) that self-help reading can help people with common mental health conditions as a preventative and complementary service alongside medical treatment - although it is not a substitute for visiting a GP or health professional.

Mood Boosting Books

As well as providing a good read a visit to the library could improve your mood too. You may like to try one of the mood boosting books a national promotion of uplifting novels, poetry and non-fiction.

Related documents

The following documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)