What's in your library

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – libraries

Go to our coronavirus (COVID-19) safety page for information on visiting re-opened libraries from 5 November onwards. All items borrowed after 15 October 2020 have had their loan dates extended automatically to 8 January 2021. Do not put borrowed items in library book drops or letterboxes.

As well as ordering and renewing library items online, you can use our libraries order and collect service to ask our staff to choose items for you from the shelves of your local branch library.

Health information in your library

Books are an important source for health information.

Reading Well books on prescription

Reading Well supports you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using helpful reading. It's booklists include:

  • mental health
  • young people's health
  • children's health
  • dementia
  • long-term conditions

As part of our 'books on prescription' scheme, we offer books chosen by health professionals.

You can search our online catalogue to find books from the Reading Well booklists.

Search the library catalogue

If you have read a book from the Reading Well collection share your thoughts about it at Reading Well: tell us what you think about Reading Well.

Dementia collection

Also part of 'books on prescription', we offer books that provide dementia information and support.

We have supporting collections of:

  • jigsaws
  • flash cards
  • aqua paints

These are suggested by professionals to help you communicate with loved ones or those you care for. Collections are at Blackshots library and Corringham library.

You can get more information from the Reading Agency.

Macmillan cancer collection

Our collection of Macmillan leaflets and books will give you cancer support and information. You can find out more from Macmillan.