Memory boxes and dementia resources

Cambridgeshire Libraries have resources to support people living with dementia, their families, friends and carers.

If you are a library member, you can borrow these resources on your library card. It is easy to join the library online or at any of our libraries.

Library volunteers and staff have created the following memory boxes with different themes to facilitate reminiscence activities.

  • Make-Do and Mend memory box
  • Men in Mind memory box
  • Childhood memory box
  • Day Trips and Excursions memory box
  • School Days memory box
  • Arts and Crafts memory box
  • Remembering the 50's memory box
  • Library memory box: Bunty for girls 1974
  • First Home memory box
  • Remember When memory box
  • Celebrating World War II memory box
  • Sport memory box

Individuals or community groups with a library card can borrow the memory box up to 3 weeks for free and renew the loan if required. We will send the memory box to your local library for you to collect.

Please ask library staff to reserve the memory box for you or email

Cambridgeshire Libraries have sets of Relish jigsaw puzzles and marble maze which are soothing and yet stimulating. These resources are designed for people living with dementia. Individuals can enjoy playing the games on their own or with someone else.

Please find the images of our Relish puzzle sets in the links:

These sets are free for anyone to borrow on their library card. To make a reservation, please ask library staff or email We will send the puzzle set to your local library for you to collect.

Many of our libraries also have other jigsaw puzzles donated by customers. Everyone is welcome to use them in libraries or take them home to enjoy.

You can find the following book resources and make reservations on Cambridgeshire Libraries online catalogue.

  • Books about Dementia – Our book stock include the Reading Well for Dementia book collection, other titles providing information and advice, and stories of lived experiences.
  • Pictures to Share – These are pictures books with no text, designed to engage and share enjoyable time together with someone who experiences communication or emotion difficulties. 
  • Carers Booklist – We have collated a list of book titles offering practical information and shared experiences to support carers.

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photos and books from memory boxes and resources