Health Happens in Libraries

Support for Libraries Responding to Health Information Needs


Health Happens in Libraries is a program to improve public library eHealth services and increase library staff capacity to respond to patron requests for information regarding the Affordable Care Act.  

Libraries have a long history of meeting public demand for consumer health information. A recent IMLS study showed that an estimated 37 percent of library computer users (28 million people) use library computers and seek assistance from librarians for health and wellness issues, including learning about medical conditions, finding health care providers, and assessing health insurance options.

  • Health Happens in Libraries acknowledges the growing intersection of digital technologies and individual health management (eHealth), and the opportunities for libraries to provide digital access to health information in their communities.
  • Health Happens in Libraries connects library staff with the resources they need to develop a strategy for responding to patron requests regarding the Affordable Care Act in the way that makes the most sense for their communities.

This program is run in partnership with ZeroDivide and is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Resources available to all libraries at this site include:

  • Opportunities to get involved, either through signing up for regular resource updates, or sharing your story and questions with program staff directly.
  • Access to our latest project news, including profiles of libraries working to address local eHealth needs and announcements regarding new resource or partnership opportunities.
  • Information on upcoming and archived webinars, where libraries and other community-based health and wellness representatives can share their knowledge and experience. 
  • A growing repository of eHealth and ACA resources, including examples of related content produced by state and public libraries nationwide.  

Most Recently Added

Inquisitive Leadership in Action

 News / Last Modified: 11 July 2014

Community members visit their libraries to explore topics that span the wealth of human knowledge, and drive ideas for public library programs that address their interests and needs. Library staff members work diligently to prioritize and adapt insti...

Community Health Webinar Opportunities July 2014

 News / Last Modified: 03 July 2014

Please read on for recent resources to support your library’s efforts to connect patrons with Affordable Care Act and other health information needs! Free webinars from national health organizations are available in July 2014 to support your library’...

Exploring the eHealth Ecosystem

 News / Last Modified: 27 June 2014

As the intersection of digital technology and individual health management continues to grow, so too does the web of resources, policies, and practices for adopting eHealth solutions in diverse organizations and communities. WebJunction's recent webi...