Health Information at the Library

Health Information at the Library

Peterborough Libraries hold a range of health information from alternative medicine, diagnosis and self help books to literature for medical professionals. Take a browse through the different health categories or pop into your local library and speak to a member of staff who will happy to help you.

Check out the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group

We have...

  • Books on illnesses and conditions.
  • Guides to prescription medicines and drugs.
  • Information on traditional and alternative therapies.
  • Dieting and nutrition including special diet cookbooks.
  • Books / information on sport and fitness. Medical dictionaries and directories.
  • Access to health information on the Internet through NHS Direct and other sites.
  • Local contacts for self-help groups on our community information database.
  • Details of national organisations and charities involved in health.
  • Health statistics. Information on Health and Safety at Work.

Reading Well for Mental Health

Reading Well for mental health provides helpful information and support for managing common mental health conditions, or dealing with difficult feelings and experiences.

Some books also include personal stories from people who are living with or caring for someone with mental health needs.

Copies of the books are available at larger libraries.

More information and booklist

Shelf Help: Reading Well Young People

Shelf Help: Reading Well for young people is a reading list of 35 books selected by mental health experts and young people.

It provides 13-18 year-olds with information, support and advice on a wide-range of mental health issues.

The books will be available for anyone to borrow for free from larger Peterborough libraries.

Please scroll down to the bottom of this page for a downloadable list of the Shelf Help books.

More information about Shelf Help

Book Lists for Parents

Useful reading lists for parents are available here.  These are suggested children's books featuring specific topics such as feelings.  Many of these books are available to reserve from our library stock.

Available book lists include:

  • Reading for Empathy - these books will help children and teenagers identify with other people's feelings

Download the Empathy list for ages 4-11

Download the Empathy list for ages 11-16

  • Changing Families - books on all different types of family including single-parenting, separation and step-families.


Mood Boosting Books

Reading Well Mood-boosting Books scheme is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction.

The books are recommended by readers and reading groups around the country.

The new list of 20 Reading Well Mood-boosting Books has been released in January 2016 and can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.

Books on Prescription Dementia

The Reading Well Books on Prescription for Dementia initiative supports people with dementia, their carers and families.

Under the new scheme, health professionals will be able to recommend helpful reading to support people with dementia and their carers. People can also self-refer using the booklist to borrow titles for free from their local library.

The set of 25 books have been recommended by health experts as well as people with lived experience. Copies of these books are available in larger Peterborough libraries (Central, Bretton, Orton and Werrington) as well as the Dementia Resource Centre. They will be free to borrow.

A list of the books can be found at the bottom of this page.

Reading Well Books on Prescription – GPs and other health professionals can recommend specific books to people, to help them with their health condition. All the books have been carefully chosen by medical consultants.

Your GP will give you a prescription form for a recommended book, which you can get from your local library for free.

Conditions covered include mainly mild to moderate mental health problems. The book list can be downloaded at the bottom of this web page.

More information about the national ‘Reading Well Books on Prescription’ scheme.

Feeling low and need a lift? Why not try a mood-boosting book as recommended by readers and reading groups around the country. Have a look at the Mood Boosting Booklist here.

Well Being for People With Alzheimers

The Library has a range of resources to encourage meaningful communication and provide real enjoyment for people with Alzheimers, so improving the quality of life.

They range from specially designed picture books, to reminiscence photo books, to short stories and poems to share.

Download our leaflet for more information.

Cancer resources with Macmillan

We stock books about cancer which have been specifically recommended by Macmillan Cancer, on their core book list for libraries.

You can also borrow recommended Mood-Boosting Books- books that people found mood-boosting during or after cancer treatment.

NHS Choices

Help putting you in charge of your healthcare

NHS Choices website provides information about hundreds of health conditions, topics on healthy living, latest articles on a range of health topics, local services search tool and support guide for carers.

It also provides information about your local health services, and the Choose and Book scheme which enables you to choose the place, date and time of your appointment. Visit the NHS Choices website.


NHS Professionals

Are you a health professional working in and around Peterborough? Need access to health information?

The Laxton Library at Peterborough City Hospital can help you access a range of resources.

Please take your workplace ID.

Laxton Library, Learning Centre
4th Floor, Core A
Peterborough City Hospital