the heid
and read!

We asked you to pledge to read for
6 minutes or more on 11th May...

of 300,000 minutes pledged


Thank you from Scotland’s libraries for pledging your time and also to our supporters and partners for endorsing the Reading Moment.

Please complete the form to pledge SIX minutes on Wednesday 11th May 2022 and devote it to reading.

Individual Pledge

I pledge to read for 6 minutes on 11th May

Group Pledge


Welcome to Scotland's Reading Moment 2022!

To celebrate the power of reading, libraries and good mental health, we asked you to pledge SIX minutes on Wednesday 11th May 2022 and devote it to reading.

Why? Because taking some time for yourself to relax and do things you enjoy like reading is important to help look after your mental health and wellbeing.

It has been scientifically proven that reading for just SIX minutes a day boosts your mental health by 68%.

The Reading Moment is a public libraries initiative, in partnership with mental health charities, publishers, booksellers, authors and others.

Book Prizes

To mark the Year of Scotland's Stories 2022 there was great book giveaway through libraries as part of Keep the Heid and Read!

Thank you to everyone who took part in the prize draw and entered library competitions.

Thanks to our partners and supporters who have helped Scotland Keep the Heid and Read on 11th May 2022.
Mental Health Foundation Scotland
Ballie Gifford
BChartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland
Colleges Scotland
College Development Network
Scottish Confederation of University & Research Libraries
National Library of Scotland
Publishing Scotland
SPFL Trust
Association of Public Libraries in Scotland
Comhairle nan Leabhraichean
Comhairle nan Leabhraichean
The Society of Authors
Young Scot
Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland
Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution
Scottish Poetry Library
Scottish Government
Literature Alliance Scotland
Falkirk Council
Further Information

Suggested reading

Search your local library catalogue here: -

Inspiration from the 2022 Year of Scotland's Stories - Shaping Scotland's Stories


Scottish Libraries

Local library services

Mental Health

The Mental Health Foundation



Want to reduce stress levels by 68% in 6 minutes?* Read a book.

*Study conducted by researchers at the University of Sussex: Dr. David Lewis “Galaxy Stress Research,” Mindlab International, Sussex University (2009)

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