How libraries can support community health and wellbeing through bibliotherapy

"Bibliotherapy programs can now be found in libraries all over the world, from public libraries to health/hospital libraries and academic libraries. In their new book “Bibliotherapy,” published by Facet Publishing, Liz Brewster and Sarah McNicol draw on the latest international practical and theoretical developments in bibliotherapy to explore how libraries can best support the health and wellbeing of their communities.

This book encompasses all aspects of "bibliotherapy" in its widest sense, starting with a critical historical overview of bibliotherapy, followed by an explanation of theories or approaches to bibliotherapy. The book explains how various bibliotherapy models work by drawing on practical examples to demonstrate how the theories behind bibliotherapy can be applied in practice. Case studies include a range of settings (public library, academic library, outpatient, inpatient); populations (including young people, ESOL speakers, psychiatric patients, homeless people, people with dementia and their caregivers); and countries (UK, North America, South America, Australia)."

-American Library Association