Health and Wellbeing Library Services

The Knowledge, Library and Information Service is supporting the Trust in its Health and Wellbeing 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.

 Health and Wellbeing Collection   

The Leisure Library at DRI contains a Health & Wellbeing Collection available for both staff and patients. This collection contains books on health conditions, mental health issues, diet, exercise and general wellbeing for both adults and children and is provided as part of our partnership with Doncaster Libraries. All books are available for loan.
If we do not have the title you need, we will try to obtain it for you, free of charge, from another Doncaster Library.

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 from the Leisure Library at DRI or, if we do not have it, we can request a copy for you from Doncaster Libraries. Ask library staff for further information or browse the book lists below:

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


The Reading Well Collections

Reading Well Books on Prescription

The Reading Well Collection is a national scheme for England. Delivered by The Reading Agency in partnership with Libraries Connected (formerly the Society of Chief Librarians), it is supported by the Department of Health IAPT programme, several Royal Colleges and charitable organisations including Mind. The books in all of the collections have all been recommended by health professionals and people with experience of these conditions.   

The Reading Well Dementia collection recommends books you might find helpful if you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia or would like to find out more about the condition. The books provide information and advice, support for living well, advice for relatives and carers, and personal stories.

Reading Well Books on Prescription Dementia Leaflet

The Reading Well for Mental Health collection provides helpful information and support for managing common mental health conditions, or dealing with difficult feelings and experiences. Subjects covered are wide ranging but include depression, anxiety and bereavement.

Reading Well for Mental Health Leaflet

The Reading Well for People with Long Term Conditions collection provides information and support for people living with a long term health condition and their carers. The booklist covers general advice about living with a long term condition, common symptoms and titles focused on specific conditions such as arthritis, bowel conditions, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.    

Reading Well for people with Long Term Conditions Leaflet

The Shelf Help collection for young people is aimed at 13-18 year olds, this is a collection of 35 self-help titles covering a variety of topics such as anxiety, depression, bullying, self-esteem and other life experiences. This collection, also from The Reading Agency, is recommended by both young people and health professionals. It is supported by many organisations including NHS England, Royal Colleges and voluntary and charitable organisations.

Reading Well Shelf Help Leaflet

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.

Reading Well Mood-boosting Books 

The Reading Well Mood-boosting Books scheme is a national promotion 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. The books are all recommended by readers and readers groups. Current collections include recommendations by people who have been affected by cancer and by people who have experienced 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, but all titles may be requested if not immediately available.

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!

Health Information Resources

The Leisure Library at DRI also offers a Health Information Service. If you need further 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.

Knowledge and Information Portal 

This current awareness tool produced by the Knowledge and Library Service brings together a wide variety of information including a specific area relating to Health & Wellbeing and Patient Information, where you will find patient information from a wide variety of local and national sources, including links to non-English resources for patients, plus local and national health news and Trust information.

Some helpful websites

British Dietetic Association   a wealth of information about diet to help manage your condition or general health and wellbeing.

British Nutrition Foundation – information about healthy eating at all stages of life.

Diabetes UK – information and advice on all aspects of diabetes

Drinkaware  – information to help people make better choices about their drinking.

Mental Health Foundation  – support and research for good mental health.  Includes mental health A-Z guide.

Mind  – Information and support for all aspects of mental health.

Netdoctor – all aspects of health and wellbeing

NHS Choices Live Well   – all aspects of health and wellbeing -workplace health, smoking, alcohol, drugs, healthy eating, exercise, mindfulness, etc

NHS Employers – information and resources to help staff deliver a successful seasonal flu campaign.

NHS Smokefree  – support to stop smoking

Patient  – all aspects of health and wellbeing, including leaflets in different languages.

Rethink – advice and support on all aspects of mental health

Royal College of Psychiatrists – excellent patient information leaflets

Victim Support  – support and information for anyone experiencing domestic abuse.

The libraries at DRI and Bassetlaw have plenty of study space and access to PCs and wi-fi, if you need somewhere to follow up on any areas of interest.


NICE Evidence Services

Provides access to selected and authoritative evidence in health, social care and public health, including research on health and wellbeing topics. Please ask library staff if you require any further help.

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

NICE Guidance – Lifestyle and wellbeing

Further reading and background evidence

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

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

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

The Work Foundation (2010) The business case for employees health and wellbeing.

Public Health England The Workplace Wellbeing Charter

NHS Employers: Case studies and resources

Further Information

Full details of all the services and facilities offered by the Knowledge, Library & Information Service can be found on our Intranet pages and Website pages.

Please do read and use this information in line with the information provided by the Trust on their Health and Wellbeing page on the Intranet.

Contact us

Leisure Library, DRI

Tel: 01302 642890 or Ext. 642890


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