Books for health

Books on Prescription in Herefordshire

The Books on Prescription scheme is a way to help people with common mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, phobias and eating disorders.

Under the scheme, GPs or other health professionals can prescribe a proven self-help book, which can be borrowed free of charge from any Herefordshire public library.

Herefordshire libraries has produced a  downloadable list of recommended books for the scheme.

There is a national Books on Prescription scheme. All the recommended books can be borrowed from Herefordshire Libraries. It is free to join the library and there are no fines charged on the Books on Prescription books.

If you have used the scheme we would love to get your feedback on how you found the service and any comments you may have using the Books on Prescription evaluation form.

Reading Well - For Young People

Reading Well for young people provides 13 to 18 year-olds with support and advice on common mental health issues. The books are all expert endorsed and available to borrow for free; they include self-help and information titles, memoir, graphic novels and fiction. There is a full booklist online.

The books are available at Leominster and Ross libraries and can be reserved at, and sent to any library in the county.

Reading Well – Dementia  Books   

The latest Books on Prescription dementia collection recommends books you might find helpful if you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia or want to find out more about the condition.

The books include help after diagnosis, information and advice, practical support for carers and personal stories. The collections of 25 books can found at Hereford, Leominster and Ross libraries.

Find out more about this national scheme and the booklists on the Reading Agency website.