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Your local library is a friendly and safe place for anyone to come and spend relaxing time in. You will also find various resources here which can help to enhance your health and wellbeing.

Reading

Reading benefits our overall sense of wellbeing. Libraries provide not only fiction books and poetry for recreational and inspirational reading, but also non-fiction books on all kind of subjects, including health and healthy living.

Find a book

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E-books and e-audio books: Your library offers eBooks, eAudio books, eNewspapers and eMagazines which you can download from home.

 Library online

https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/libraries-leisure-&-culture/libraries/library-online/

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Reading Well book collections:  You will find in your library a variety of self-help books, recommended by health professionals, about how to maintain and improve your health and wellbeing.  You can borrow these books from any library and can access many of them as e-books.

We have:

  • Reading Well for long term conditions
  • Reading Well for mental health
  • Shelf Help for young people’s mental health
  • Books on Prescription – Dementia

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Health Information

Wellbeing Zone and health info display: Many libraries in Cambridgeshire have a health section displaying information leaflets about general health conditions and healthy living.

Find a library

https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/libraries-leisure-&-culture/libraries/find-a-library/

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Online health information: The internet is a great place for finding information. We recommend the following websites for trusted health information.

NHS

https://www.NHS.uk/

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NHS website is your first port of call when you look for health information or health services near you. It gives trusted information about conditions, symptoms and treatments. Its Health News section provides the true scientific findings which made the news.

Be Well

https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/be-well/

Be Well is a Cambridgeshire County Council website containing various health subjects from active living, mental health, sexual health, alcohol, drugs and smoking. There are links to other organisations that provide information, as well as links to local support groups.

Keep Your Head

https://www.keep-your-head.com/

This site provides local and national information on mental health, self-help resources, and services that can help when you need more support. The site has been developed by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and the SUN Network.

Patient

https://patient.info/

Patient is the leading independent health website in the UK, supplying evidence-based information on a wide range of medical and health topics to patients as well as health professionals.

Healthtalk.org

http://www.healthtalk.org/

Healthtalk.org is a patient experience website which contains research from the Health Experiences Research Group (University of Oxford) and videos of people sharing their experiences of health conditions.

Safe+Well: This is an information and advice service on a range of equipment and devices to help people living independently.

For more information, please visit:

https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/adults/staying-independent/equipment-and-technology/

https://www.safeandwell.co.uk/cambridgeshire/

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What's on offer in your library

Events and activities: There are reading groups and many other activities taking place in libraries. People are welcome to join in to share interests and meet others.

To find out more, please visit:

https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/libraries-leisure-&-culture/libraries/library-news/

https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/directory/

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Digital buddy: Many libraries have volunteers who help people to learn how to use computers or tablets so that people can access information online and get more connected by emails and social media.

Libraries run 1:1 sessions with customers who want a bit of “digital” help - on a computer, laptop or tablet. Libraries also offer digital support to people needing to renew a bus pass or blue badge, or to access government web pages. Speak to library staff or call 0345 045 5225

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Read a Little Aloud (adult story time): Remember being read to? Love the idea of escaping into stories, prose, poems? Then come along to a Read a Little Aloud session and submerge yourself in extracts of literature chosen to delight, enthuse, amuse and ponder on, all read aloud for your enjoyment.  These groups are free and open to adults – just come along to a session in a library. You will be made very welcome.

To join, email [email protected].

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In the community

Library at Home service: People struggling to get out of the house due to physical/mental ill health or with caring responsibilities can sign up to the Library at Home service. Library volunteers will visit them at home bringing in books or audio, as well as to have a friendly chat. To request this service, email [email protected] or call or call 0345 045 5225

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Mobile Libraries: Cambridgeshire currently has three mobile libraries stopping at 364 locations in 85 villages and communities throughout the county. It’s a great place for finding a good read, catching up with friends whilst supporting a valuable local community resource.

For more information and to find your nearest mobile library stop, please visit: https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/libraries-leisure-&-culture/libraries/mobiles/

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Community Health Information Service: Are you a health professional, community worker, HR professional, or school/college nurse in Cambridgeshire? We can supply you with health information leaflets and other health resources for your work.

To find out what we have in stock, please go to our online catalogue HPAC Cambridgeshire at

http://hpac.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/HPAC/

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Volunteer with us

Volunteering with Cambridgeshire Libraries is a great way to make new friends, inspire others and make a difference! Please get in touch [email protected].

Find out more

https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/libraries-leisure-&-culture/libraries/get-involved-ways-you-can-help/volunteering-in-libraries/

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