Of course we would plug the benefits of libraries, especially in the current climate, but here's a new initiative - Reading Well Books on Prescription - being launched in public libraries which relates to [the]:
"growing evidence showing that self help reading can help people with certain mental health conditions get better. Reading Well Books on Prescription will enable GPs and mental health professionals to prescribe patients cognitive behavioural therapy through a visit to the library.
The new English scheme has the backing of the Royal Colleges of GPs, Nursing and Psychiatry, the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies and of the Department of Health through its Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme. ..."
See http://readingagency.org.uk/news/blog/announcing-the-reading-well-books-on-prescription-scheme.html for more information.