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Libraries see surge in borrowing of health and wellbeing e-books

Written by on 14 January 2021

Staffordshire County Council’s library service has revealed its most popular health and self-help e-books, having seen an increase in borrowing during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Health and wellbeing, mindfulness and books on improving mental health are included in the topics.

Amongst the most popular titles is number-one bestselling book Hinch Yourself Happy by Instagram sensation Mrs Hinch, renowned for her cleaning tips and hacks, which she shares in her book.

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig on coping in the modern world and The Chimp Paradox by acclaimed Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters were also popular choices.

Since the first lockdown back in March, over 74,000 e-books have been loaned and the number of people using the libraries e-books service through BorrowBox has increased to over 7,300.

Victoria Wilson, Cabinet Member responsible for Libraries at Staffordshire County Council said: “During the lockdowns we’ve seen a huge spike in the number of downloads of E-books and e-magazines.

“We have seen a particular increase in loans of health related e-books and it’s good to see so many people borrowing them to try and improve their wellbeing. Titles cover a range of topics including general health and wellbeing, motivating yourself and dealing with things like anxiety or sleep problems.

“Many people continue to see their library as a trusted place to go for information, including on health matters. So, if you’re not a member of the e-book service then now’s the time to sign up and take advantage of the resources.”

During the current Lockdown from 6 January, Burton, Cannock, Leek, Lichfield, Perton, Newcastle, Stafford and Tamworth libraries will remain open for essential PC use and the click & collect and Grab & Go services. There will be temporary closures at Biddulph, Burntwood, Codsall, Kidsgrove, Rugeley, Stone, Uttoxeter and Wombourne libraries. Many Community Managed Libraries will offer a service and users should check directly with them, however mobile libraries will not be on the road during lockdown.

Further details on library services including the e-book service is available at or on Facebook.

Some of the most popular self-help and wellbeing e-books are:


  1. Hinch Yourself Happy by Mrs Hinch
  2. Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig
  3. Chimp Paradox by Steve Peters
  4. Art of Making Memories by Meik Wiking
  5. Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
  6. Book You Wish Your Parents Had by Philippa Perry
  7. Doctor’s Kitchen by Dr. Rupy Aujla
  8. Clutter Connection by Cassandra Aarssen
  9. Joosr Guide To… the Power of Now by Joosr
  10. Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker