Libraries are a trusted community space, whose unique benefits include assisted digital access, health information, resources and services, and the volunteering and recreational opportunities they provide. This makes them perfect to deliver a range of health and wellbeing benefits to local communities including those who may not normally access other services. Our Health Offer was created with The Reading Agency to help people to better understand and manage their health and wellbeing.


Goal: To improve the health and wellbeing of local communities by providing a range of  services that include creative activities and volunteering opportunities to help connect people.

To help people manage their health and wellbeing by:  

  • Creating Reading Well self-help reading lists and book collections in libraries covering key areas of health and wellbeing such as mental health, dementia and long term conditions

  • Signposting and referring the public to information and local services who can provide advice and support

  • Providing creative and social reading activities for a range of targeted groups such as dementia sufferers, teenagers and older people.

Reading Well Books on Prescription

To see the full book lists and to find out more about the evidence on how reading supports health and wellbeing, visit the Reading Well website.


Reading Well evaluation October 2017

Reading Well Books on Prescription full evaluation report 2016-17


Universal Health Offer infographic

Showing how public libraries support the health and wellbeing of communities.



Reading Well case studies

The experience of Books on Prescription shows that arts and cultural organisations like libraries can play an invaluable role in delivering public health services. Three different libraries services reveal the the impact the scheme has had on their users.