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.

The Health Happens in Libraries team has engaged state and public libraries, as well as consumer health experts, to explore the context of meaningful health and wellness outreach and education in communities. These partnerships inform the development of customized resources and promising practices for state and public libraries nationwide to utilize in related patron services. Resources will be posted here as they are developed.

Library Guides

Navigate the Marketplace

Supporting Healthy Communities through Health Information and Services (PDF)

Understanding Ethics and Privacy in Health Information and Services (PDF)

Developing Health Literacy through Health Information and Services (PDF)


Health Happens in Libraries: Pathways to Guide Health Education at Your Library (1/26/2015)

Health Happens in Libraries: Looking Ahead to 2015 Open Enrollment (9/24/2014)

Health Happens in Libraries: Technology Planning for eHealth (5/28/2014)

Health Happens in Libraries: Prioritizing Patron and Partner Engagement (3/27/2014)

Health Happens in Libraries: Health Information Resources for Library Staff (1/22/2014)

Health Happens in Libraries: Supporting Patron Information Needs (11/26/2013)

Federal Depository Libraries and the Affordable Care Act (9/23/2013)

Meaningful Use – Libraries Connecting Patrons to ACA Resources (8/28/2013)

Libraries and Health Insurance - Preparing for October 1 (7/26/2013)

Library Profiles

Connecting in California: Partnering for Impact

Bureau of State Library of Pennsylvania: Advancing Customized Services to Communities

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

Inquisitive Leadership in Action: Community Health Partnerships at Spokane County Library District

Just What the Doctor Ordered: Medical Libraries and Public Libraries Reinforcing Community Health

Health Literacy Happens at Miami Public Library

Putting the "e" in eHealth: Lake County Public Library Provides ACA Technology Training for Patrons

Covering the Basics: San Antonio Public Library Connects Patrons to Health Information

Ready, Set, Respond: How Atlantic City Free Public Library Prepared for ACA Implementation

No Wrong Door at Waukegan Public Library


Libraries across the country are developing local responses to patron requests regarding the Affordable Care Act. Below are examples of the types of ACA resources being compiled by and for libraries. Let us know if you have anything to add to this list!

American Library Association

Information from ALA on libraries and the ACA is available here.

Local Library Resource Examples

Atlantic City Free Public Library, Atlantic City, NJ

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Buffalo, NY

Indianapolis Public Library, Indianapolis, IN

Lake County Public Library, Merrillville, IN

Santa Ana Public Library, Santa Ana, CA

San Antonio Public Library, San Antonio, TX

Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, KS

National Networks of Library of Medicine

National Networks of Library of Medicine has provided excellent ACA resources by region. You can identify your region and related resources here.

Statewide Library Resource Examples





Connecticut (from Connecticut Library Consortium)

Connecticut (from Connecticut State Library)


District of Columbia









North Carolina


New Jersey (from NJACAPL - a collective of NJ public librarians)

New York




Rhode Island

South Carolina


Washington (from Washington Library Association)

Washington (from Washington State Library)

West Virginia