We believe in the healing power of books...

The use of books for therapeutic purposes has become commonly known as 'Bibliotherapy'. Self-help books have been used for many years and are prescribed as a means of providing psychological therapy for people experiencing emotional and psychological difficulties.

Over the past 5 years, our staff members have been actively developing their knowledge and skills in mental health awareness. Please see our Mental Health Awareness policy. We believe that “there is no health without mental health”. Moreover we have been building our stock and actively supporting local and national reading initiatives designed to promote positive mental health.


The Bibliotherapy book recommendation scheme was a collaborative effort between the HSE & Cavan County Council's Library Services. A list of high-quality self-help books has been compiled in our libraries, based on the recommendations of leading psychologists, counsellors and psychotherapists working in Ireland. Under the scheme GPs and health care professionals have the Bibliotherapy list and can bring these books to the attention of the patients who are likely to benefit from their use. Click on Bibliotherapy Booklist pdf (2.15mb) to view and download a copy.

Our Collection

An innovative collection which we have recently put into stock is the “Winston’s Wish” book list. “Winston’s Wish” is a UK based organisation which has developed a recommended book list for children from the toddler through to the teenage years facing bereavement.

Our libraries hold an extensive range of further non-fiction material covering topics such as depression, eating disorders, loneliness, grief, bereavement and obsessive compulsive disorders. This material is available for all ages from the very young to the elderly. Go to Bibliotherapy catalogue

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