Health Resources for Public Libraries
Public libraries are the front line of health information needs in their communities. Public libraries fill four very important roles in community access to health information. First, they provide access to print and online consumer health information. Next, almost all public libraries offer free access to computers and internet services which allow access to up-to-date online health information. Third, public librarians answer health-related inquiries from their community members. Finally, many public libraries offer health and wellness related programming and outreach for their communities.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) provides free, research-based, health resources to public libraries and other community organizations that serve public health needs. The Greater Midwest Region office works with public libraries in our ten state area to ensure they are prepared to meet the health information needs of their communities by providing resources, educational opportunities, and funding focusing on health literacy, health reference, and evidence-based health resources, all at no cost to our members.
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