Health and Well-Being Library Services

The Knowledge, Library and Information Service is supporting the Trust in its Health and Well-Being initiatives.

Would you like to learn something new? Are you feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed? Do you want to eat more healthily, lose weight and get fit?

We offer a wide range of resources to help you relax and stay healthy.

Your Health Collection

A selection of books and digital support resources from Health Education England

Access, understand and use trusted health resources to live well and enjoy better health.

Health Education England (NHS) and The Reading Agency have worked in partnership to bring together a new list entitled ‘Your Health Collection’.  The collection of 10 books and 30 digital resources were chosen by those working in healthcare, health information and knowledge and library specialists working in the NHS, in prisons, in public health and in Higher Education. The resources chosen are accessible, inclusive and reflect the diversity of society.

Your Health Collection online resources and books

The books are available in the library at DRI and Bassetlaw to all staff and learners.  We can post them to your workplace if you can’t visit us in person.

Poems to lift your mood.

Podcasts you can use at your leisure via any computer

Websites – A variety of sites, from soundscapes to quizes, playlists to pilates

Apps – recommended Apps from the Apple app store or Google Play store.

Health Education England and the Reading Agency have crowd-sourced a list of uplifting, digital resources from NHS staff. The choices below were recommended by your colleagues in the NHS, and are ideal for boosting your mood. You can use at your leisure via any computer or mobile device.

Find them all here

Our Health and Well-Being Collection 

The Leisure Library at DRI contains a Health & Well-Being Collection available for staff and patients. We have books on health conditions, mental health issues, diet, exercise and general well-being for both adults and children and is provided in partnership with Doncaster Libraries.

Below are some book lists which you might find useful for information on specific areas of health and wellbeing. They contain a selection of titles which are available for loan.   Ask library staff for further information or browse the book lists below:

more books lists coming soon……….

Search the Doncaster Libraries catalogue for more health and well-being titles, any of which we can request for you.

The Reading Well – Books on Prescription

This collection of books helps you to understand and manage your health and well-being using self-help reading.

The books are chosen by health experts and people living with the conditions covered. People can be recommended a title by a health professional, or they can visit their local library and take a book out for free. The scheme is available in 98% of English library authorities.

For more information, click here

They cover a number of different topics – click the titles below for more information:


Mental Health


Supporting families during COVID-19 crisis

Young People’s Mental Health

Long Term Conditions

As part of our partnership working with Doncaster Libraries, these titles are available for Trust staff to borrow from the Leisure Library at DRI and the Library and Learning Resource Centre at Bassetlaw Hospital. Ask staff for details.

Reading Well Mood-boosting Books

The Reading Well Mood-boosting Books scheme is a collection of uplifting novels, non-fiction and poetry selected by readers. Reading is known to have many health boosting properties including reducing stress, improving memory and providing relaxation and enjoyment. They include recommendations by people affected by cancer and common mental health conditions.

As part of our partnership working with Doncaster Libraries the books in the collections are available for loan from the Leisure Library at DRI. In addition, some titles are also held in the library at Bassetlaw Hospital.

Click the picture or ask library staff for further details.

Leisure Reading

The Leisure Library at DRI offers recreational reading in print, audio and digital formats, for all Trust staff, students and patients. Further details are available on our Leisure Library page.

It is well documented that reading has a calming effect and is known to reduce stress levels. Why not come and see what we have available?

As well as fiction, we stock books on exercise, healthy eating and cooking, plus relaxing hobbies such as gardening and crafts.

The Leisure Library is also a good place to just come and relax – or why not try some adult colouring – it’s a great stress-buster!

Some helpful websites for information about health

A collection of different websites that provide high quality information and advice on a range of topics including health and well-being. To browse them, click here

NICE Guidance

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published evidence-based guidance for all employers on how to improve the health of their staff. Topics covered are: management of long-term sickness absence, mental wellbeing, obesity, smoking cessation and physical activity in the workplace – click here

Further reading and background evidence

If you would like some further reading or background evidence around health and well-being initiatives, you may find the following of interest:

NHS (2009) NHS health and well-being. Final report (Boorman Review) – click here

Picker Institute (2015) Understanding staff wellbeing, its impact on patient experience and healthcare quality – click here

The Work Foundation (2010) The business case for employees health and wellbeing – click here

Public Health England The Workplace Wellbeing Charter – click here

NHS Employers: Case studies and resources – click here

The Library Health Information Service

The Leisure Library at DRI offers a Health Information Service. If you need assistance with obtaining health or patient information on a condition or following diagnosis of an illness, we may be able to help. We will signpost you to online sources of reliable patient information, for both adults and children. Please ask library staff for further information.

Disclaimer: any information provided is not an endorsement of how your condition or illness should be managed. You must always seek help and advice from your local GP or other healthcare professional.

Contact us

Leisure Library, DRI

Tel: 01302 642890 or Ext. 642890


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