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 - borrowing and reserving items
Coronavirus (COVID-19): it's not currently possible to borrow or reserve items from the library catalogue due to national lockdown restrictions.
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.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): reading groups in our libraries are
not currently running at the moment. We'll update this section when we have more information.
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 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.
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.