Books on Prescription

This is a scheme provided jointly by Bristol and South Gloucestershire Libraries and your local Primary Care Trust. It aims to help people cope with common psychological difficulties by allowing GPs and Mental Health Practitioners to recommend self-help books. These books cover a wide variety of difficulties and situations.

The books on our prescription scheme are constantly under review, and have been read and evaluated by healthcare professionals and found to be useful, easy to read and effective self help books. The effectiveness of bibliotherapy has been well-establshed in many clinical trials and has been recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) for treating depression, anxiety and a range of other mental health problems (NICE, 2004).

You may either borrow the book from your local library or if you prefer, buy the book from your local bookshop.

How does it work?

The Books on Prescription forms are available from your GP or from our staff when attending one of our courses. You can then take the form to your local library, and borrow the book. You will need to be a member of the library, however joining is quick and easy.

How do I join a library?

You can join the library at any age and membership is free. You will be able to use your library card at any Bristol and South Gloucestershire library, mobile library and for our online resources too. Proof of address can be your Books on Prescription sheet if the address has been completed by a health professional otherwise an allowance book, bank / building society statement, driving licence or official bill / invoice containing your name and current address will be required.

What books are available?

You can see a list of the available books by viewing the library catalogue for Bristol & South Glos

The core books available on prescription




Chronic Fatigue

Chronic Pain


Health Anxiety

Obsessions and Compulsions



Relationship Problems

Low Self-esteem


Social Phobia