Wellbeing resources in libraries

Keep yourself healthy with our Books on Prescription scheme and wellbeing resources.

Reading Well Books on Prescription

West Sussex libraries are part of the national Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme. Books can be 'prescribed' by GPs, or other health professionals, from approved book lists on mental health and dementia.

To borrow the book bring your 'prescription' to the library. If the book is not available immediately we will reserve it for you free of charge. If you are not already a library member and your prescription has been signed by a health professional, this is sufficient to join the library. Library staff will keep your details strictly confidential.

West Sussex Wellbeing Hubs

Wellbeing hubs provide advice and support on how to make small changes to improve your health and wellbeing, including how to stop smoking, become more active and make your meals healthier.

Shelf Help for young people

Shelf Help is a new collection of books, which have been reviewed and selected by clinicians and young people to help with a wide-range of mental health issues like life pressures, depression, self-harm and exams stress. Titles from the collection can be reserved online for free, or ask staff in your local library for help.

Reminiscence collection

Our Reminiscence collection consists of packs of objects, books, music, jigsaws and pictures which help re-awaken people's memories of their experiences and lives. They are ideal for older people, people with dementia and adults and children with disabilities.

The packs are on themes including the 1950s, baking, seaside and World War II and can be borrowed and reserved free of charge.

There are also individual books in our general library collections to help with reminiscence, such as 'Pictures to Share' books, that have been designed specifically for use by people with dementia. There are also books on how to run reminiscence sessions, and other books full of photographs.

These can be borrowed for up to three weeks and renewed, if not required by another customer. Normal reservation and overdue charges apply.

Find further information about our Reminiscence collection and services for people with dementia.

Last updated:
4 April 2018

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