Libraries in Milton Keynes play their part in improving the nation’s health


Milton Keynes libraries are playing their part in helping people tackle all kinds of problems from binge-eating, stress and relationship problems to managing chronic pain.

Get Reading Get Well is a national collaboration between the Reading Agency and The Society of Chief Librarians and currently has two schemes running.

The aim is to improve the nation’s health through books and reading. Reading has none of the side effects associated with prescription drugs and often achieves good results more quickly.

In Milton Keynes the council’s libraries are participating in a scheme called Books on Prescription, which aims to bring reading’s healing benefits to people suffering from a range of common health conditions.

There is good evidence that self-help books can help people understand and manage common conditions including depression and anxiety.

The new scheme has the backing of the Royal College of GP’s as well as major nursing and mental health organisations, and Milton Keynes Central Library now holds a special collection of 30 titles which have been written by experienced health care professionals and are available to borrow.

The books provide helpful information and step-by-step self-help techniques. A leaflet listing all the titles and more helpful information is available from the Central Library.