Bolton Library and Museum Services

Health Information

As part of our non-fiction stock we have a collection of health books at each of our libraries.  We also provide the following information services:

Reading Well - Books on Prescription

The scheme is aimed at helping people with mild to moderate psychological problems. Users of the scheme must be referred by their GP or Mental Health worker.


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Dementia Information

As part of the Bolton Dementia Partnership we have book lists available at all libraries as well as an information pack for reference at Central Library:

All of the books listed are available to borrow from Bolton Libraries.

To check stock availability or reserve an item, please go to the Library Catalogue.

Online dementia information can be found on the Bolton Council website.


 Down Memory Lane

Do you or someone you know have dementia? Bolton Central Library is hosting an Age UK group for people with early onset dementia and their carers. Come along for an informal chat, experience the reminiscence boxes, share memories and reminisce. Light refreshments provided. The sessions will take place on the first Wednesday of the month between 1.30pm and 3pm. For more information contact Bolton Central Library on 01204 332853 or Dawn Crossley at Age UK on 01204 701525 or

 Sessions are held at:

 Breightmet, 1st Tuesday 2-3pm

Central library, 1st Wednesday 1.30-3pm

 We also provide Pictures to Share books which can be borrowed from your local library, these are a collection of books for people with dementia and memory loss. They are simple, clear and often colourful, with no confusing backgrounds or content that is difficult to interpret, they can help make communication easier and encourage reminiscence. 

Pictures to share collection:

Beside the Seaside in Pictures

Funny Old World in Pictures

Sporting Life in Pictures

Childhood days in Pictures

In the Garden in Pictures

Travelling in Pictures

Countryside in Pictures

Proverbs and Sayings

Women’s work in Pictures

Family Live in Pictures

Shopping in Pictures

World of Work in Pictures

Pictures to Share