Doctors across the Forth Valley are to prescribe a trip to a local library as part of their treatment for patients.
Books on medical conditions will be made available in local libraries
The new service will involve GPs recommending certain texts, on issues such as depression, to aid recovery.
Organisers of the scheme said it was meant to complement traditional treatments provided by doctors and increase understanding among patients.
The scheme will run in partnership with NHS Forth Valley and councils in Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire.
GPs in the area have compiled a list of books containing information on a range of illnesses, which will be available on request by patients at their local libraries.
NHS Forth Valley medical director, Dr Gareth Davies said: "We all welcome patients becoming involved in their treatment and this new initiative adds another local convenient means of patients obtaining accurate information."