Self help for health at your library
If you’re looking for ways to improve your health and wellbeing, then your local library may be able to help you find the answer. Libraries across the borough have a wide variety of resources.
You can choose from a wide selection of books on medicine and health, to find out about a particular condition, for example, or medicines and drugs. We even have information on self-help and support groups.
Our lending libraries offer self-help books that tackle issues from anxiety and depression to anger and relationships. Visit the library catalogue to see what’s available.
Recommended books for Carers
The books listed are free to borrow from any Richmond upon Thames Library.
Carers may reserve them free of charge and may borrow them for an extended six week loan period
Other sources of information
Libraries also hold a range of other information resources such as newspapers and magazines, directories and leaflets and provide free internet access to library members and visitors. Remember too that staff are always on hand and happy to help you find the information you’re looking for. Check out library locations and opening times.
From home, as a library member, you can use our selection of e-resources such as reference and information services, including newspaper databases, and you can access e-books. You can also call our library staff on 020 8734 3308 /3317, who’ll be happy to answer your questions, or email them on firstname.lastname@example.org
Richmond’s own online Community Information Database InfoRich may also be able to point you in the right direction. It contains information on over 1500 community and voluntary organisations, social care providers and local self help groups.
Patient.co.uk is an independent website, accredited by the Centre for Health Information Quality,which provides useful self-help resources including patient leaflets and a directory of self help groups.
Family Doctor Books publish books in association with the British Medical Association and are often available in pharmacies. You can preview these books online by visiting Family Doctor and purchase them for a modest fee.
To find out more, visit or contact your local library today or visit the Richmond libraries’ homepage
Richmond Information Directory is an online directory which provides information on services for adults, including older people and those with disabilities in the borough. You will find services provided both in the statutory and voluntary sectors.