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Books on Prescription

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Core booklist

The Books on Prescription scheme is a very effective way of helping people with common mild to moderate mental health problems. There are books to help you with:

  • Depression
  • Obsessions and compulsions
  • Stress
  • Panic
  • Anxiety and health anxiety
  • Binge eating/Bulimia Nervosa
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Phobias

Many of the books are self-help titles. They will give you advice, information and even set you tasks to do that aim to help you feel better.

Reading well - books on prescription for adults

Children, young people and families booklist

This list is aimed at children and young people of varying ages and their parents and carers.  There are books to help you with:

  • Challenging behaviour 
  • Anxiety
  • Low confidence
  • Bullying
  • Bereavement
  • Anger management
  • Coping with stress
  • Coping with family problems

Many of the books are self-help titles. They will give you advice, information and even set you tasks to do that aim to help you feel better.

Children, young people and families booklist (748kb pdf)

Dementia booklist

The list of 25 books and 12 Pictures to Share may be useful to anyone who has dementia, is caring for someone with dementia, or would just like some more information on the condition. This scheme aims to:

  • Increase the knowledge and awareness of dementia
  • Offer practical advice about services
  • Provide support following diagnosis and early memory loss
  • Support carers practically, emotionally and mentally
  • Encourage people to remain independent and active
  • Enhance quality of care

Reading Well - books on prescription for dementia (334kb pdf)

Long-term conditions booklist

This list of 28 books has been selected by medical experts, and those with lived-experience of long-term health conditions to help patients better understand and manage their symptoms. Conditions covered include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bowel conditions (IBS, Crohn’s disease)
  • Breathing difficulties (asthma, COPD)
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Pain management
  • Sleep problems
  • Support for relatives and carers

How does it work?

Your doctor or health and social care professional will prescribe you a book they want you to read. You will be given a prescription slip to take to your library. Your parent or carer might also be given a prescription for a book that will help them understand how you are feeling.

All the books prescribed have been selected and reviewed by professionals and families who rated them as being both helpful and easy to use.

Take out your book

You can take your prescription to any Rochdale Borough Library. Remember to take your library card with you. If the book is not available that day, we will get it for you as soon as possible, free of charge.

If you are not a member you can join the library, or you can join at the library on the day.

Once you’re a member of Rochdale Borough Libraries you will be able to take books out from any library in the borough.

Using the books

Please treat any book as you would any other from the library and do not mark or write on it.

Some of the books might include worksheets or quizzes for you to fill in. You can photocopy these pages in the library at a small charge so that you can complete them.

Loans and renewals

The book will be prescribed for a number of weeks, after which it should be returned to the library. The book can be renewed for a further three weeks so long as no-one else is waiting for it.

Keeping it confidential

Library staff will treat you with respect and your details will be kept confidential. If you prefer, your parent, another family member or friend can pick up a book for you. Copies of the books are held at every library if you would prefer to use a branch that is not your usual one.


0300 303 8876

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm.
Closed for training Monday 11am-11.30am.

Did you know?

You can join the library for FREE and anyone can join. It only takes a couple of minutes to join online. You can use your account to:

  • Borrow items from any library in Greater Manchester.
  • Choose from thousands of great books and audiobooks.
  • Reserve and renew books.
  • Download the latest eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eGraphicnovels ​to your smartphone, tablet or desktop.
  • Access a range of online resources from help with passing your driving theory test to advice for local businesses.

Please remember to bring identification when you first visit the library to borrow items - for example, utility bill, driving licence or bank statement.

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