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The University of Liverpool Counselling Service has set up a bibliotherapy collection to support students and staff who are experiencing a range of emotional and academic issues.

What is Bibliotherapy?

Bibliotherapy is a term used to describe the use of books to help people understand and cope with emotional, psychological, social and/or academic issues. Biblio is the Greek word for books and therapy comes from therapeia meaning 'to help medically'.

How can books help?

There is strong evidence to suggest that books can be effective as a form of self-help and this collection has been chosen by both healthcare professionals and readers who have benefited from them. Emotional and academic difficulties can be a common part of university life and this collection aims to provide information and support for dealing with a wide range of issues such as depression, anxiety, panic, building self-confidence and assertiveness. It also offers a number of books on topics relating specifically to the university experience such as giving presentations, managing exam stress or coping with life away from home.

How to access the collection

The University of Liverpool Counselling Service Bibliotherapy Collection consists of a number of recommended self-help books which are located in the Grove Wing of the Sydney Jones Library. The titles are listed on the Counselling Service website or can be accessed through searching the main library catalogue using subject words such as 'anxiety'. Books may be borrowed by students and staff using a University of Liverpool library card. Borrowing is confidential and information about your use of these books will not be disclosed to any outside parties.

Additional support

Sometimes reading a self-help book can feel easier than talking to someone about your problems and may be helpful on its own. Using self-help books can, however, highlight a need for further advice and support from a counsellor or a GP.

To find out more about the Bibliotherapy Collection visit the Grove Wing of the Sydney Jones Library or click on the menu left for a full list of books available.

We welcome feedback on any book in the Bibliotherapy Collection and we are happy to receive further recommendations to add to the list.