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

Spring into Health

 News / Last Modified: 11 February 2016

It may seem hard to believe, but spring is just around the corner. (It's true—Punxsutawney Phil has verified it!) For many people, spring represents a time to get outside, get active and get healthy. For me, this looks like more bike rides in my Seat...

Library Heroes Make Health Happen

 News / Last Modified: 29 January 2016

Have you ever wondered how to start a conversation with colleagues, community partners or your library's board about why now is the time to take action on supporting community health? We've got your answer right here! WebJunction and our partners at ...

November Poll Results: Health and Nutrition Programs and Resources

 News / Last Modified: 14 December 2015

With the holiday season approaching, WebJunction's November poll reached out to Crossroads readers to learn about how you are helping to nourish patron bodies as well as minds. Nearly 60 different libraries and state library agencies told us what the...

Project J.O.B. Aligns Health and Economic Opportunity for Community

 News / Last Modified: 30 November 2015

Thorson Memorial Library, in collaboration with the Grant County Child & Youth Council, embarked on a project titled J.O.B., standing for Jobs, Opportunities and Benefits. This project launched as part of the library’s participation in the Public...