Reading lists

Reading lists bring together all the books we have on a particular subject into one list.

Any of the links below will take you directly to the individual reading list page within our library catalogue. From here you can browse the titles and find out which library has copies. You can reserve titles free of charge using your library card number and PIN and collect them from a library of your choice. Additionally we have listed some useful websites to find out more information.

Reading Well for Mental Health

This book list has a range of books, recommended by health professionals, that you might find helpful for managing your mental health.

Black History Month

October is Black History Month, a celebration of black culture and heritage. We've curated a list of stories from the African and Caribbean communities exploring and challenging race and racism.

Dyslexia friendly reads

We have created a special list of books about dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia. The books include information and advice, personal stories and dyslexia friendly stories for children.

Reading Well for Dementia and Alzheimer's

This book list has a range of books, recommended by health professionals, that you might find helpful if you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia or want to find out more about the condition. The books include information and advice, practical support for carers and personal stories.

Quick Reads

This book list highlights short stories to enjoy if you don't have much time to read or find reading difficult.

Reading Well for children

This book list supports Reading Well for children, a new scheme that supports the mental health and wellbeing of children, providing children and their families and carers with information, advice and support for coping with feelings and worries, daily life and getting through a tough time.

LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Trans)

The following book lists celebrate the diversity, experience and culture of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. They include personal stories, titles for young adults and picture books to share with young children.


Books inspired by the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers. From personal stories of tragedy and triumph to finding out more about who they are and why they come to this country.

The Mayflower

Discover books that tell the story of the sailing of the Mayflower from Southampton in 1620. To coincide with the 400th anniversary of the sailing and the commemoratory events in the City 2019/2020.