Can books really help?

Absolutely – there is very good evidence that books can help people who are experiencing mental health problems.  The books have been specifically chosen for their quality.  However, not everyone will be helped in this way, it does depend on how much effort the reader puts into following the guidance provided by the book.

Do I have to be a member of the library service?

Yes, you will need to be a member of the library.  However, it is free to join.

Is the service confidential?

Yes. Borrower details and book loans are strictly confidential information. The library staff are professionals and will treat you with respect and discretion. If you don’t feel comfortable getting the book yourself, you could ask a friend or whanau member to pick it up for you.

What if the book doesn’t help?

Books often prove useful, but don’t despair if the material does not help; you may require a different title or approach. See your GP or mental health professional for alternative options.

What if the book is unavailable?

If the book is not immediately available, a hold/reservation will be offered so they can get the book to you as soon as possible, or there may be an alternative title available. The recommended books are available for loan to all library users.