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Health at your library

All of our libraries have books and a selection of leaflets on a wide range of health topics, such as; healthy living, specific conditions and mental health.

Through websites and at occasional events we can help you find trusted information and practical help.

proud to support time to change, let's end mental health discriminationWe have signed the Time to Change Pledge

We will improve our service to library users by providing up to date information about local services and improve staff training and understanding around mental health.

Our pledge includes an action plan to deliver ongoing training, events and workshops for library users and staff.

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

Anyone can drop in to one of our libraries and borrow these titles, you do not need a prescription and the books are borrowed on a normal library card.

Don't forget we have self issue machines in our libraries so it's really easy to borrow and return the books in confidence.

The collections are:

  • Common mental health conditions
  • Dementia
  • Young people’s mental health
  • Long term (physical) conditions
  • Reading Well for children

Details of the titles in each collection can be found on the Reading Well website. Some of the titles are also available as eBooks and eAudio - check to see what is available here. 

Reading Well is a national scheme delivered by the Reading Agency and supported by public libraries. 

Reminiscence packs to support people with dementia and their carers 

Designed to help people at various stages of memory loss, their carers, friends and family, they help to stimulate and encourage sharing memories.

Each 'memory pack' is a collection of picture books, photographs, jigsaws, DVDs, music and other resources on a theme.

Topics include:

  • Daily Life
  • Local interest e.g. Old Market Square
  • Holidays
  • Working Life
  • Childhood
  • Specific decades e.g 1950s

They are available to borrow free of charge using any of the following options:

  1. Reserve online to be picked up at any Nottingham Library. Search for 'memory pack' on the Library Catalogue 
  2. Visiting Aspley Library to choose from what's in stock
  3. Ask staff at any Nottingham library to search and reserve one for you

(reservations are free for memory packs and you can borrow up to 2 at a time)

Online mini-memory packs:

We recently put together some mini versions of these packs and you can find and enjoy them here


Are you a health professional?

Talk to the staff at Aspley Library about borrowing memory packs for work with your clients.

If you're not a Nottingham City Library member find out how to join here.


Search the catalogue for books about healthy living and health conditions.

Visit a library for books and leaflets or to use a computer.

All library loans are confidential and with self-service machines in every library it is possible to reserve and collect items without asking the staff.

Useful links to other local support and resources:

ASKLiON helpful links and information including for adult social care, self care, loneliness, healthy lifestyles, special educational needs and disability.

NHS Nottingham for Nottingham University Hospitals, including contact details and maps, services for patients.  

Nottingham Mencap offer advocacy and support to individuals and their families/carers, with ages ranging from five to eighty years.

Nottinghamshire Sexual Violence Support Services to help anyone aged 13+ and have experienced rape, sexual violence or childhood sexual abuse, either recently or in the past.

Patient UK trusted help with general health and wellbeing

Self-help UK for groups across Nottingham and nationwide, on health, medical conditions and life situations. A hard copy of their directory is available for reference use in all City Libraries.

Sexual health services confidentially helping over 28,000 people every year with contraception and concerns about sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

We have links to more help available on our Online Library page, designed to support wellbeing in difficult times. Click here to visit the page.

We have a 'Parents' information and book collection in every library, from child development to entertaining your children.

There are also lots of social activities including:

  • Totstimes for under 5s at all of our libraries. Parents and carers come along to share stories and rhymes in a group session led by library staff

Reading for pleasure has been linked to a reduction in stress and the symptoms of depression, plus, lowering the chance of developing dementia in later life. Libraries can help start the reading habit early.

There are also regular and special events for children of all ages:

under 5s         5-11 years   12-19 years

This campaign was launched in the summer of 2020 and is designed to help kickstart your way to better health. The Better Health website has a range of tools and support to help - so find what works for you. 

From free apps to advice for type 2 Diabetics to money saving discounts for nationally available diet and fitness schemes it's worth taking a look. Click to visit the website here.

1 in 4 people living in England experience a problem with their mental health each year.

For links to trusted advice and apps visit Every Mind Matters, you'll also find quizzes and videos, plus lots of tips and self-referral for talking therapies.

This interactive website focuses on the eight most common issues; stress, anxiety, trouble sleeping, low mood, panic, social anxiety, trauma, and obsessions and compulsions.

Public Health England's campaign aims to raise public awareness about mental health and how we can all do things to stay well.

More helpful links:

Wellness in Mind Mental health help and support in Nottingham.

Insight Nottingham Insight talking therapies is a free and confidential service, commissioned by the NHS, and is available to anyone aged 18+ and living in Nottingham City.

Let's talk wellbeing 

Trent PTS Support for people in Nottingham with mental health issues.

At Nottingham Central Library a dedicated information stand on Floor 2 has a range of booklets for people affected by cancer, their family, friends and carers.

A list of titles is available here.

For more detailed information please contact the Macmillan Cancer Information Centre at Nottingham City Hospital or the Queens Medical Centre.

There are lots of free regular activities that can help with your personal wellbeing, from reading groups to totstimes, meet up with people and have fun or learn something new. 

Visit the library regular activities page for more information.

Throughout the year special events focusing on health and wellbeing happen in Nottingham City Libraries, visit our special events calendar page.

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