Research commissioned by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council carried out by The Reading Agency and the Department of Information Science at Loughborough University (LISU) found that public libraries make a significant contribution to health and well-being in communities, particularly through reading groups and the other creative activities they offer.
Headlines from the research relating to reading groups include:
- Nearly 90% of library authorities are providing reading group activity with therapeutic purpose
- 84% have been providing them for over years
- These reading groups servce a range of audiences including adults, children, teenagers. Some authorities run telephone reading groups for house bound readers
- 60% of library authorities are offering other creative bibliotherapy activity including creative writing groups, book doctor sessions and creative reading activity