Healthier, Happier, Connected
Through the Health and Wellbeing Offer, libraries promote healthy living provide self-management support and engagement opportunities for children and adults supported by welcoming spaces; effective signposting and information to reduce health, social and economic inequalities.
They offer a range of creative and social activities which engage and connect individuals and communities, combat loneliness and improve wellbeing.
During the lockdown it's important that we protect our mental and physical health.
Health Education England have collated information and resources on Covid-19 from trusted sources which includes information tailored for children and young people, older people and people who prefer to use accessible formats.
A team of librarians have developed a list of some of the best online resources to meet a range of mental health and physical needs.
- Mindfulness and Wellbeing - Reading Well
- Keep Active - Sports England
- Children’s mental health/wellbeing - Place2Be
- Community interaction - March Network
- Urgent help – NHS
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. On this website you will also find resources for Mental Health Awareness Week, social prescribing, staff wellbeing and much more.
Health and Wellbeing at home
A collection of resources and contacts to help support positive mental health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 crisis.
Universal Health Offer infographic
Showing how public libraries support the health and wellbeing of communities.
Reading Well evaluation October 2017
Reading Well Books on Prescription full evaluation report 2016-17
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.