Health Happens in Libraries

Health Happens in Libraries is a program that magnifies the role of public libraries as key contributors to community health. By supporting public library staff with resources to respond confidently to patron requests for health information, and tools to form intentional partnerships with local community health experts, Health Happens in Libraries enhances public library capacity to advance health and wellness priorities in the communities they serve.

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, and the opportunities for libraries to provide both physical and digital access to meaningful health education in 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 community health 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 health information resources, including examples of related work undertaken by state and public libraries nationwide.  

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Updates will include details about scheduled webinars and new additions to the resources available through WebJunction.


Most Recently Added

Health Happens in Libraries: Health Information Resources for Library Staff

 Webinar / Last Modified: 12 August 2015

Join this WebJunction webinar to learn more about the health information resources available through the National Library of Medicine and the NN/LM to help strengthen your own library’s health information services and improve the health literacy of y...

More than Healthcare: Community Conversations about Health

 News / Last Modified: 10 August 2015

"Libraries are more than books, libraries are about communities!"

Sound familiar? This popular adage is excellent shorthand for public library evangelists to frame conversations that are essential to building relationships and gettin...

Library Community Health Contributions on Display at ALA

 News / Last Modified: 30 July 2015

Five libraries from across the United States have collaborated with the Health Happens in Libraries team to develop and deliver community health activities. As a result of their vision and leadership, these libraries have established or deepened loca...

Join us at these ALA Conference events

 News / Last Modified: 29 June 2015

Are you headed to the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco? Several members of the WebJunction team will be there and invite you to participate in these events! We'll also be sharing our thoughts and insights back with the WebJunction community in ...