About Reading Well

Reading Well supports you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using helpful reading.

Why we recommend Reading Well

  • So far, Reading Well has reached over 1.2 million people and 90% of people surveyed have found their book helpful.
  • There is a huge evidence base around the value of reading to support health and wellbeing, as well as the value of public libraries as a non-stigmatised space that is both welcoming and empowering for people seeking support.

How it works

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.

There are five booklists available and you can borrow books from the collections from your local library. 99% of English library authorities run a Reading Well scheme as part of the Universal Public Library Health Offer. Welsh Government have funded every library authority in Wales to deliver the scheme bilingually in Welsh and English.

Many of the Reading Well titles are available to borrow as e-books and audiobooks.