Hertfordshire Libraries Health and Wellbeing Resources

Hertfordshire Libraries offer a range of resources to support the health and wellbeing of adults, carers and children. These resources can be accessed free of charge with a valid library card. Free computer access also allows people to access national and local healthcare websites. Hertfordshire libraries offer regular displays and events with a specific health focus (e.g. healthy living, being active), with a range of partners to give health information, demonstrations or talks. Further information on health and wellbeing resources available in Hertfordshire libraries can be accessed here.  Pharmacy teams should signpost patients to self help reading bookings and encourage self management approach to long term health conditions. 

Reading Well Books on Prescription helps you to manage and understand your health by reading books recommended by health professionals. There are 3 collections of books available to borrow:

Reading Well Books on Prescription: 30 self help titles on conditions including anxiety, depression, phobias and some eating disorders
Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia: help and support for people with dementia and their families.
Long term conditions: support and guidance for those living with long term conditions such as arthritis, bowel conditions, diabetes, heart disease and stroke

Borrowing books
To borrow books, you will need to be a member of the library. If you’re not, don’t worry. Join now.
If you are interested, your GP can recommend the best books for you. Or, come to the library and you can choose your own books. Take a look at the titles we have available in the online catalogue.
You can keep the books for 3 weeks and renew up to 4 times.
If a book isn’t available for you, we will reserve it free of charge.



Malnutrition-Awareness – tackling malnutrition in the community.