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 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 informed the development of customized resources and promising practices for state and public libraries nationwide to utilize in related patron services.
Library Heroes Make Health Happen (Infographic)
A graphic, available in many formats, that presents simple, compelling messages and data to emphasize the role public libraries play in building healthy communities.
A web-based guide to access relevant, reliable resources to share with patrons regarding the health insurance marketplace established as part of the Affordable Care Act.
Supporting Healthy Communities through Health Information and Services (PDF)
A resource and reflection guide to support library staff in identifying local community health priorities and partners. Includes individual or team reflection questions.
Understanding Ethics and Privacy in Health Information and Services (PDF)
A resource and reflection guide to support library staff in establishing parameters for ethical communications about health. Includes individual or team reflection questions.
Developing Health Literacy through Health Information and Services (PDF)
A resource and reflection guide to support library staff in prioritizing opportunities to support health literacy for patrons. Includes individual or team reflection questions.
Community Health Program Worksheet
A worksheet that includes brainstorming questions about potential community health programs and partners, and that connect to the long-term vision of your library. The last page features suggested follow-up questions for patrons who attend programming.
A guide with key messages and strategies for library staff to target communications to multiple stakeholder about the important role of libraries in supporting community health.
Developed on the premise that the place where we gather to share information and resources can contribute in meaningful ways to the health and vitality of communities, the Health Happens in Libraries brand image is a powerful tool you can use to customize your library's community health outreach and communication materials.
The pin-drop iconography was originally designed to support the Health Happens Here initiatives of The California Endowment. Proven to be both eye-catching and adaptable, the imagery was adopted for Health Happens in Libraries to magnify the role of public libraries as key contributors to community health. Developed to be shared, the imagery can demonstrate collective action when public libraries and partners across the nation share a look and name for their community health initiatives.
Public library partners are invited to use the Health Happens in Libraries image and usage guidelines to highlight the programs, resources and events available at their institutions. Additionally, libraries may share the Health Happens in Libraries brand with their community health partners to reinforce the unified message that libraries are places where health activities, resources and engagement are supported.
To download logos you may right-click the images below and choose "Save As." You may also download the complete logo image kit which includes all the versions below as well as many others, including vector images.
Full Logo: Two Color
Full Logo: One Color
Partial Logo: Pins
Graphic elements should be avoided within gray box. The exclusion area consists of the dimensions of the lowercase "l".
To maintain consistency and ensure readability, the logo should adhere to minimum display restrictions (1.25" wide).
Logo Usage Restrictions
Proper use of the logo means no modifications or distortions. For visibility and brand integrity, it is necessary to maintain consistent use. Always use the original digital files available at WebJunction.org.
Examples of restrictions include:
- Don’t change the color of the logo.
- Don’t rearrange the elements of the logo.
- Don’t resize certain elements of the logo.
- Don’t rotate or distort the logo.
- Don’t add drop shadows to the logo or stylize in any way.
Imagery Usage Recommendations
The Health Happens in Libraries brand identity can be reinforced with the right photography.
Here are some suggestions for photo selection:
- Select compelling and engaging photographs.
- Show healthy activities in real-world environments.
- Use high-quality photos for maximum impact.
- Use of open sky, low-angle camera work or asymmetrical composition allow large resting areas for logo placement.
Additionally, the drop pin symbol references the “anchoring” imagery used in mapping software and can be used in a similar fashion.
Acknowledgment of The California Endowment for Brand Creation
The Health Happens in Libraries imagery is an extension of the Health Happens Here campaign developed by The California Endowment. This imagery has been offered for wide distribution and use through The California Endowment’s vision and generosity. Library partners are asked to limit use of this imagery to community health-related services and programming.
Gamifying and Growing a Community Health Program at Springvale Public Library
Free Consumer Health Information for Libraries and Patrons
Advancing Health Equity through Services to Patrons Experiencing Homelessness
Project J.O.B. Aligns Health and Economic Opportunity for Community
Health Education Highlighted at Buffalo and Erie County Public Library (PDF)
Healthy Foods Competition Heats Up at Crandon Public Library (PDF)
St. Charles Parish Library Addresses Food Insecurity with Personal Support (PDF)
Individuals Empowered to Manage Their Health at Wilkes County Public Library (PDF)
Community Members Move and Groove at Hampton Public Library (PDF)
Encouraging Health Information Discovery in Libraries
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