Volunteer with Macmillan@Edinburgh Libraries

MacmillanThe Macmillan@Edinburgh Libraries service will launch in the autumn of 2016 in selected Edinburgh Libraries. This will be a free service aiming to provide information, support and signposting to people affected by cancer.

We are recruiting volunteers now!

We are looking for people with good listening skills and an interest in helping people. Full training will be given and expenses are payable.

Interested? Then come along to one of our information drop-ins and find out more:
Craigmillar Library
Monday 11th July 11-3pm
Monday 18th July 11-3pm

Central Library
Thursday 14th July 11-3pm
Thursday 21st July 11-3pm


The secret history of Edinburgh’s hospitals

New on Our Town Stories, the remarkable story of Edinburgh’s hospitals.

Discover the link between Sherlock Holmes and the Edinburgh Hospital for Sick Children, the story of the world’s first bionic arm, and the humble origins of the Royal Infirmary, which started out with only four beds!

World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day, and we want to suggest some books that might help to make your life easier.  We all know that books can offer both advice and a refuge from our daily lives, so we have compiled some suggestions for you today.

The New Hope
First of all, we’ve selected some audiobooks that you can download from home, without even having to visit a library.

The Insomnia Answer by Paul Glovinsky

Focus and Concentration by Lynda Hudson

Overcoming Depression by Andrew Richardson

Optimist: One Man’s Search for the Brighter Side of Life by Laurence Shorter

Click here to view our selection of self-help e-books.  For information about how to use our e-books and e-audiobooks, please see here.


Here are some “real” books of interest.  Don’t forget that you can use self-service at many of our libraries.  These are just a few suggestions – we have many more titles on the catalogue – this is a search for “self help”, but of course, you can enter whichever keywords are relevant to you.

Overcoming Chronic Fatigue by Mary Burgess &  Trudie Chalder

Overcoming Traumatic Stress by Claudia Herbert & Ann Wetmore

Sisters unlimited: the guide to life, love, bodies and being you by Jessica Howie

What your Doctor may not tell you about Anxiety, Phobias and Panic Attacks: the all-natural program that can help you conquer your fears by Douglas Hunt, M.D.

Challenging Depression and Despair by Angela Patmore

Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by David Veale & Rob Wilson


Additionally, if you are seeking support for your own health, or are a carer, please check our Edinburgh Engage site for details of some fantastic local organisations that are here to help.  (The above link will take you to results of a search on “mental health”.)  Another great resource for Edinburgh based health services is www.edspace.org.uk.  If you are a carer who loves to read, please come along to one of our book groups that are specifically for you!  We hold one at Central Library on the first Wednesday of every month, between 10:30am and 12:30pm, and also one at Oxgangs on the second Monday of every month at the same time.  We think it’s really important for you to section off time for yourself, and it’s a wonderful environment to spend time with like-minded people.


Maybe you just fancy reading something to take your mind off things – if so, why not try whichbook, to find suggestions of book suited to your taste?  (For instructions, please see this post.)

You are not alone, and there is plenty of help out there.  Please take care of yourself, not just for today.  You are important.

“There is a crack, a crack in everything – that’s how the light gets in” – Leonard Cohen.