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Reading

​​If you're looking for something different to read and don't know where to start, there are loads of resources available to help you find the right book.

Library catalogue

You can find books, read and post reviews, make reservations and more using our online library catalogue.

You don't need to be a member of the library to browse the catalogue. However, you'll need to join the library to take advantage of everything it has to offer, including borrowing books and posting reviews.

Reading groups

Reading groups are great opportunities to meet new people and discover different books and authors. We run a number of reading groups in our local libraries. You don't need to be a member of the library to join.

Learn about local authors - Time to Read

Time to Read logo. Time to Read is a unique partnership of north west libraries working together to promote reading. The Time to Read website is a great place to find out about local authors, recommendations of what to read next and to discover news about local book-related events and activities.

Find a book to read next - Whichbook

Find a book by picking elements of the story. If you want something serious but easy to read with an unpredictable plot, or maybe a book that's long and intense with a scary theme:

Radio programmes about books

The BBC broadcast many programmes about books - from stories read out loud to reviews and discussions. Most are available to listen to online.

Podcasts about books

You can download a variety of podcasts which discuss and review books, including:

Book reviews and articles

Reviews and articles are published by national newspapers to give you a taste of new and exciting literature being released.

Discussion forum about reading

A forum is a community where you can interact with other like-minded people and share your thoughts, stories, recommendations and more.

Reading Well Books on Prescription

Reading Well Books on Prescription provides self-help reading for adults for a range of common mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, phobias and some eating disorders.

The books have been recommended by experts. They've been tried and tested and found to be useful by others. They're available from your local library and you can borrow them for FREE.

Reading Well Mood-boosting Books

The Reading Well Mood-boosting Books scheme is a national promotion of uplifting novels, non-fiction and poetry selected by readers. Research shows reading improves mental wellbeing and reduces stress levels by 67% (Mindlab International, 2009) and reading also reduces the risk of dementia by 35% (New England Journal of Medicine).

The Reading-Well Mood-boosting Books are all recommended by different groups of people, including people affected by cancer, young people and older people.

Contact

0300 303 8876

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

Did you know?

Joining a library is FREE. You can join any library in England and Wales to use their facilities.

So, if you can't find it with us, take a look at the services on offer at a different library.

Join Rochdale borough libraries

It only takes a couple of minutes to join the library online. You can use your library membership to:

  • Download the latest eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines to your smartphone, tablet or desktop.
  • Reserve and renew books.
  • Choose from thousands of great books and audiobooks.
  • Access a range of online resources.
  • Borrow items from any library in the Greater Manchester Consortium.

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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