New self-help book sections are being made available at libraries across Staffordshire, including the one in Burton.
More than 28 different titles are now available to help people cope with long-term health conditions, ranging from mental issues to physical ones.
With national statistics stating that more than 26 million people in England have at least one long-term condition, the availability of these books come at the right time.
Books are being stocked on a range of subjects from diabetes and heart conditions to guides on how to be an effective carer for a loved one.
Alan White is the cabinet member for health, care and wellbeing at Staffordshire County Council and has applauded the decision to have these sections put in place.
Mr White said: "With lots of people experiencing long-term health issues, this is another effective way of helping people live with their conditions. On average people living with a long-term condition spend just four hours a year with a health professional and 8,756 hours self-managing.
"There is, therefore, an enormous need for accessible, quality, assured health information to help people understand and manage their symptoms.
"We already work closely with our health partners to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities and it’s great to see our libraries playing a key role in this."
Staffordshire's libraries chief Gill Heath also agreed, stating that libraries are a place that people should feel confident getting information from.
She said: "Many people see the local library as a trusted place to go for information, so a visit to your local library could be the first step on the road to managing your health condition better."
Healthcare professionals and people living with conditions and their carers were consulted in the run-up to the scheme, to encourage people to seek information to help their understanding and how to manage conditions.
The books are freely available in all Staffordshire libraries, and some are available as audiobooks. To find out more about availability visit online here.