Books for Health for all ages

Lambeth Libraries is part of the national Books on Prescription scheme where GPs and other health professionals prescribe books from a list of high-quality self-help manuals selected by experienced health practitioners. 

The book lists are designed to recommend a set of books that help you to understand and manage your health and well-being using self-help reading.

The Books on Prescription Scheme is a very effective way of helping people with common mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, phobias and eating disorders as well as Dementia and managing long term chronic conditions. There is first class clinical evidence to show that books can be just as effective as other forms of therapy, and with the advantage of having no side effects. Book lists are available for:

  • Reading well for children
  • Reading well for young people's mental health
  • Reading Well for mental health
  • Reading well for long term conditions
  • Reading Well for dementia

Books can work well either on their own or used in conjunction with other forms of treatment - your doctor will advise. For more information, to view the book titles and what is available from your local library see our Books on Prescription catalogue.