Book prescription scheme

Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme

Working together with The Reading Agency, Swindon Council’s Public Health Department, LIFT Psychology and the Clinical Commissioning Group, Swindon Libraries and Information Service provide books to help people with a range of common health problems. 

A list specifically for people living with Dementia and those caring for people living with Dementia.

 A list specifically for Young People with books giving advice on things such as bullying, ADHD, body image and stress.

A list for Long Term Health Conditions such as Diabetes, Stroke, Heart Disease and sleep problems. 

These books are available in all 5 core Swindon Libraries; Central Library, North Swindon Library, West Swindon Library, Highworth Library and Park Library and can be borrowed by anyone however a healthcare professional may prescribe you a book from one of the collections. 

Additionally some collections may be available in the Community Libraries too. Please check with your local library.

How does the prescription work?

A prescription may be issued by a doctor or other health professional and the book can then be borrowed from your local library.

If you are not a member, you will be asked to join the library when you take your prescription in. The Library is free to join. You just need to bring some ID along which shows your address.

If the book you have been prescribed is on loan, you will be offered a free reservation so we can get the book to you as quickly as possible.

Further information 

  • Prescription books can be kept for 3 weeks and an extension may be possible if no one else is waiting for the book. 
  • Some of the books contain assessments and/or diary sheets, please make a copy before filling them in. 
  • The books on the list can often be helpful, but they may not work for everyone. If you are still experiencing difficulty or distress then you need to go back to whoever prescribed the book or visit your GP. They will give you further advice. 

For further details or to find out more, please contact your local library or email

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