What is Reading Well?
Reading Well is a national scheme supporting people to understand and manage their health and wellbeing using helpful reading. The books on the reading lists can be recommended by a health professional and taken free of charge from a local library, or users can self-refer and borrow the titles as they would any other library book.
The books are all recommended by health experts, as well as people with lived experience of the conditions and topics covered and their relatives and carers.
You can be recommended a title by a health professional, or you can visit Redbridge Libraries and take a book out yourself.
Reading Well supports you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using helpful reading.
There are five schemes available:
- Reading Well for children
- Reading Well for mental health
- Reading Well for young people
- Reading Well for long term conditions
- Reading Well for dementia
Where can I find the books?
Visit the Reading Well website’s books page for booklists.
You can borrow books from the collections at Redbridge Libraries. To access these collections you will need to have a library card. Find out how to join your local library online.
Select and Collect
Explore our Virtual Library
For access to a range of online resources including eBooks, eAudio books, magazines and more please visit our Virtual Library.
You can also explore our specially curated collections via Overdrive:
- Explore over 59 titles in the full Reading Well collection
- Explore over 38 titles in the Reading Well youth collection – suitable for children, teens and young adults
Reading Well is part of the Universal Public Library Health Offer.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has funded a universal roll-out of the reading lists to support mental health to every library service across England. Welsh Government have funded every library authority in Wales to deliver the scheme bilingually in Welsh and English.