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Libraries - core services

Health information in libraries

Coventry Libraries are committed to helping to reduce health inequalities within the city. We do this by giving free access to a wide range of health information.

The Reading agency and Libraries connected have also created this info-graphic, to highlight how important public Libraries can be in supporting health and wellbeing in local communities. 

A good range of health information is available in all Coventry libraries and we have a dedicated Health Zone at Central Library where you can pop in and browse our popular selection of Books on Prescription which have been carefully selected for their quality by health professionals.

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Watch a video about the Health and Wellbeing Zone at Central Library and the Books on Prescription scheme.

Unable to visit your local library?

Did you know the NHS provide hundreds of information leaflets for both Adults and Children, the leaflets are free to view and download and cover a variety subjects, from NHS services to learning and physical disabilities? These health information leaflets are also available in various languages.

More information:

What other support can I access locally?

I'm looking for someone to talk to about my concerns or my information/support needs.

Macmillan Information Centre at University Hospital

Julie Bliss runs the Macmillan Information Centre at University Hospital and is experienced in dealing with many types of cancer related enquiries.
If you would like to talk to someone who is knowledgeable about cancer about the concerns or information needs of either yourself, or someone close to you, Julie is a great person to get in touch with.
Julie is based at the Macmillan Information Centre at UHCW which can be found close to the main entrance at University Hospital.
She can be contacted by phone or email or you can just drop in to her service.

Call Julie on 024 7696 6052 or email julie.bliss@uhcw.nhs.uk

I'm looking for some advice/information relating to work, finances or housing

Macmillan Financial Services

Coventry Citizens' Advice is working with Macmillan Cancer Support to provide an advice service aimed at patients who are suffering from cancer related illnesses, their carers and family members.
Located at: Coventry Citizens Advice, Kirby House, Little Park Street, Coventry, CV1 2JZ.
The service offers advice and information to cancer patients and their families about:

  • Debt
  • Benefits
  • Housing
  • Employment

Appointments can be held either at Kirby House or University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire for people who live in Coventry or who are accessing health services at UHCW or you can get telephone advice.
To book an appointment please call 024 7625 2050.

I'm looking for someone to talk to in the community about managing the physical impact of treatments

Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists

Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists are Boots pharmacists who have volunteered to receive bespoke training developed by Macmillan and Boots UK to support people affected by cancer. They play a unique role by providing information and support, ensuring that no one faces cancer alone.
There are currently over 2,000 Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists based in Boots stores across the UK. Find your nearest Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacist.

Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisers

Many people may not know how to cope with the visible effects of cancer treatment. Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisers are specially trained beauty experts. They can give advice on how to disguise the effects of cancer treatment.
The beauty advisers can give people tips for their skin, hair and nails to help them look and feel good. They can show people how to draw eyebrows, create the illusion of eyelashes and how to enhance facial features. Find your nearest Boots Macmillan Beauty Adviser.

Use the "Macmillan in your area" tool to search for details of other local support groups and services.

Macmillan Library Information Service

Macmillan and Coventry City Council believe that no one should face cancer alone, so we've been working together to help make sure everyone affected by cancer in the City has access to quality cancer information when and where they need it. Building on the existing cancer information hub at University Hospital Coventry, we've been taking cancer information out into the community through the City's libraries. Information hubs stocked with Macmillan booklets and CDs have been set up at CentralFoleshillTile HillBell Green and Willenhall libraries.

Training has also been rolled out to some library staff, so they can signpost people to further support. By taking cancer information out into the heart of diverse communities across Coventry, together we're aiming to ensure that everyone in the city, regardless of where they live or the language they speak has access to quality cancer information.

Macmillan information hubs in Coventry libraries

What information resources are available?

  • Information on common symptoms
  • Information on treatments and knowing what to expect
  • Organising the practical, work and financial side
  • Coping with and after treatment
  • Relationships
  • Talking about cancer
  • Caring for someone with cancer
  • End of life and bereavement
  • Information on specific types of cancer

Easy read titles and resources in other languages

A limited selection of Easy Read titles is also available. Libraries will also be stocking some cancer resources in other languages including: 

  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Chinese (traditional)
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Russian
  • Urdu

Access a wide range of cancer information in other languages.

Can't find the information you need?

If the information you need is not available in your local library, you can contact us to request information from Macmillan Cancer Support.

Request information from the Macmillan library information service online

Request information from the Macmillan library information service in person

  • Go to the staff desk 

Have any feedback or want to know how you can help support the project?

If you have received information from the Macmillan library information service at one of our information points, in another library, or by requesting it using the form above, let us know how we did by leaving feedback on the service.

Leave feedback on the Macmillan library information service online

Books on Cancer

Coventry libraries have a wide range of stock. Please visit the reading well books on cancer page for the full list. These are just a few of the books available that could help. Please visit the online catalogue to search and reserve books. You will also need a Coventry Library card. Don't have one? Join now.
Own a smartphone or tablet? Coventry libraries also provide an e-books service, including E-Magazines with magazines that include, Men's Health, Eat Well, Health and Fitness and many more.
Need help downloading e-books and e-magazines on to your smartphone, tablet or laptop? The Gen2Gen sessions can help, where you can get free 1-1 advice on any IT based subject. 

Central Library

Email: Central.library@coventry.gov.uk

Tel: 024 7683 2314

Fax: 024 7622 0465

Central Library
Smithford Way
Coventry
CV1 1FY

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