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​​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 catalogues

You can find books, read and post reviews and make reservations with our library catalogue.

Reading groups

If you’d like to talk to other readers, join a reading group. Meetings usually take place in a local library, with members choosing a different book each month to read and discuss.

Time to Read

Time to Read logo. Time to Read is a unique partnership of north west library authorities, 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 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, intense with a scary theme:

About books

Radio programmes

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 that 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 forums

Forums are communities where you can interact with other users and share thoughts, stories and recommendations. There are loads of forums about reading and books including:

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.

Books can be recommended by GPs or other health professionals. They're available from libraries across the borough and can be borrowed free of charge.

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 that reading improves mental wellbeing, and reduces stress levels by 67% (Mindlab International, 2009) and that reading also reduces the risk of dementia by 35% (New England Journal of Medicine).

2015 Mood-boosting Books list

In collaboration with Macmillan Cancer Support, a new list of 20 mood-boosting books, chosen by people diagnosed with cancer, is now available. Most of the books are not specifically about cancer but have been recommended as titles that people found uplifting during or after treatment. Titles include The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce and The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.

2013 Mood-boosting Books list​

Readers and reading groups around the country recommended 20 new mood-boosting books for 2013 including Miss Garnet's Angel by Salley Vickers and The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ by Sue Townsend.In 2013, Macmillan Cancer Support helped people with experience of cancer to create a further list of mood-boosting titles

2012 Mood-boosting Books list

In 2012 readers and reading groups selected a main list of 27 mood-boosting books and there were also lists of titles recommended by young people and older people.


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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.

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