Self-care Strategies and Resources: Bibliotherapy


"Bibliotherapy (also called book therapy, poetry therapy or therapeutic storytelling) refers to the practice of using books to help people solve issues they face at a particular time in their life. The books are to be selected based on what is relevant to that person’s specific situation." While therapists often use bibliotherapy as part of a treatment process, it is a technique that can be implemented independently.

Explore the resources below to learn more about bibliotherapy, how you can implement it for yourself, and identify some titles to read.

Los Angeles Public Library

For titles not owned by USC Libraries, consider submitting an interlibrary loan request to see if it can be obtained from another library, or see if you can get access through the Los Angeles Public Library system. Library Cards are free to residents of California. See details below.