Books on prescription (BOP)

Manage your health and wellbeing with self-help books

Books on prescription (BOP) can help you manage your health and wellbeing with self-help books, eBooks and CDs, covering mental health topics like:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • stress.

All titles are recommended by health professionals.

You can also find books for children and young adults

Books and CDs can be borrowed from our libraries. Ask at your local library for more information.


BOP has titles for people who have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia or want to find out more information about dementia.

Prescription service

If you are already a library member, BOP books are available to borrow without a prescription.

If you are not a library member, health and social care professionals can prescribe the BOP service:

  1. Ask your GP or health professional to complete a form Books on Prescription – mental health (PDF, 490.66 KB) or Books on Prescription – dementia
  2. Take the form to your local library.
  3. If you are not already a member of the library, you can join immediately, using the prescription form as identification.

BOP was developed by us in partnership with Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), Adult Mental Health Services and Warwickshire’s community and voluntary sector.

BOP is part of Reading Well Books on Prescription, delivered by the Reading Agency in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians, with funding from the Arts Council.