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

State Library of Ohio: Leading Practices for e-Government Services

 News / Last Modified: 31 July 2014

In June 2014, the Health Happens in Libraries team met with representatives from the State Library of Ohio to learn more about their experiences with supporting Ohio libraries during the initial health insurance marketplace enrollment period establis...

Connecting in California: Partnering for Impact

 News / Last Modified: 31 July 2014

Members of the Health Happens in Libraries team met with representatives from Infopeople and Covered California in May 2014, to explore factors that supported the highly successful collaboration between California public libraries and Covered Califor...