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Books on prescription

The books on prescription service helps people manage and cope with their health problems by providing access to self-help books and related information.

The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by Southampton Libraries. The books provide helpful information and step-by-step techniques for managing conditions such as depression, anxiety, phobias and eating disorders.

Anyone can borrow books on prescription - you don't need a referral from a doctor/health professional.

For more information on the scheme and the current book list visit the Books on prescription site. You may also find the Steps 2 Wellbeing site helpful.

How does it work?

  • Your doctor or health professional will give you a prescription recommending a self help book
  • Take the prescription to your local library and exchange it for the book
  • Use your library card to borrow the book - if you don't have a card - join the library for free
  • If the book is not available staff will get a copy from another library
  • Books can be borrowed for 4 weeks, but you can renew if you need to keep them longer
  • Library book loans and borrower details are treated as strictly confidential