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Idea Store Health

Idea Store is proud to introduce 'Medicine for the Soul' (inscription from the Ancient Library of Thebes) our first comprehensive Health Strategy. The Idea Store service, with a unique offer of libraries, learning and information under one roof, can make a difference to everyone’s health and well-being. No other local organisation outside the NHS has such a wide range of resources, services and facilities that support good health.

Idea Store Health Strategy


The Idea Store Strategy 2009 set out how the Idea Store service ’would make a significant contribution to the delivery of the Council’s Community Plan 2020’.

The Strategy stated: The Council’s vision is to improve the quality of life for everyone living and working in Tower Hamlets…The provision of high quality, accessible library and information service facilities in the Borough will contribute significantly to the achievement of this vision, notably by supporting improvements in outcomes relating to learning, community cohesion, health, economic and social wellbeing’

View the Idea Store Health Strategy as a PDF [275KB, 18 pages]

Health Activities & Events

Regular health awareness events and promotions take place in Idea Stores in partnership with local and national health organisations. 

Search for Local Health & Wellbeing Services 

Search for health and wellbeing services in Tower Hamlets with the Idea Store Online Directory.

Health Books, Audio Books, eBooks and eMagazines

Books to Borrow
Losing yourself in an engrossing book has been shown to be an effective way to overcome stress, unwind at the end of the day and keep your brain stimulated and active by lowering the rate of mental decline.

Search the catalogue for fiction and non fiction titles, as well as a wide range of health and fitness books available to borrow from your local Idea Store, including:

eLibrary Audiobook and eBook Downloads 
Discover our range of eLibrary health related audio books and eBooks available to download free with your library card number and PIN, including:


Magazine Downloads
Discover the latest health and fitness news with the Idea Store Online Magazine Service and magazines available from the Idea Store Online Newspaper Service. If you are a member of Idea Store, you can download free and keep the following magazines:

Music Downloads

Did you know that listening to music can improve your health by releasing endorphins, lowering your stress levels, changing your mood, stimulating and developing your brain, as well as assisting you to access a mediative state?

Download and stream music free with your Idea Store card and Freegal! Discover easy access to millions of songs that once downloaded, the tracks become yours to keep.

Fitness, Health & Wellbeing Courses 

Learn how to improve your sense of wellbeing and reduce stress and how to use exercise to stay healthy and fit. Visit the Fitness, Health & Wellbeing Courses web page.

Finding Health Information Online 

Find health information with Learn My Way: Being Healthy and NHS Choices. Learn My Way is a website of free online courses for beginners, helping you develop digital skills to make the most of the online world.