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Program Overview

The Public Health Digital Library (PHDL) provides state public health departments access to library resources, including e-journals, e-books, and other databases resources in support of evidence based practice and research. 

Public health departments across the country have access to information resources through a digital library available through their local intranets. Through the National Network, member libraries provide article delivery of information not found in the PHDL.  This website provides information on learning about and using the Public Health Digital Library for staff at participating public health departments.  Departments looking to become participants in the digital library program can also find information on program requirements.

Funded by the National Library of Medicine, the National Public Health Coordination Office oversees the program, securing information resources to provide the best evidence in public health research and practice. 

Participating Public Health Departments and their Partner Libraries:

Alaska Division of Public Health | University of Alaska (Anchorage) Medical Library
Arizona Department of Health Services | 
University of Arizona   Health Sciences Library at Phoenix ​
Boston Public Health Commission  |  UMass Medical School LSL Library​
California Division of Health Care Services|  UMass Medical School LSL Library​
Colorado Department of Health and the Environment  |  UCHealth System Library
Connecticut Department of Public Health  |  
University of Connecticut LM Stowe Library​
District of Columbia Department of Health  |  George Washington University Himmelfarb Library​
Georgia Department of Public Health  |  Morehouse School of Medicine M.D. Edwards Library​
Hawai'i Department of Health  |  JABSOM Library University of Hawaii​
Indiana Department of Health  |  Indiana University; Ruth Lily Medical Library​
Kentucky Department for Public Health  |  University of Louisville Kornhauser Library​
Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention  |  Maine Medical Center Library & Knowledge Services​
Massachusetts Department of Public Health  |  Massachusetts Department of Public Health Library​
New Hampshire Health and Human Services  |  University of New Hampshire Durham Library​
New Mexico Department of Health  |  UMass Medical School LSL Library​
North Carolina Division of Public Health  |  Eastern Carolina University Laupus Library​
Oregon: Multnomah County Health Department  |  Oregon Health Sciences University Library​
Pennsylvania Department of Health  |  State Library of Pennsylvania​
Rhode Island Department of Health  |  Rhode Island Hospital Lifespan​
Tennessee Department of Health  |  East Tennessee State University Medical Library​
Texas Department of State Health Services  |  TDSHS Library
Utah Department of Health  |  
Utah State Library/U. Utah Eccles Library​
Vermont Department of Health  |  UVM Dana Medical Library​
Virginia Department of Health  |  VCU Tompkins-McCaw Library​
Washington State Department of Health  |  University of Washington HSL​​
West Virginia Bureau of Public Health  |  WVU Health Sciences Library
Wisconsin Division of Health Services  |  UW Madison Ebling Library​


  1. Expand access to information resources through the Public Health Digital Library offered to public health departments throughout the country.  
  2. Develop an instruction plan that trains users to find timely evidence based research in support of public health practice. 
  3. Offer access to shareable resources available through partnering libraries.
  4. To continually refine a sustainable and cost efficient model of information access to a workforce that falls outside the areas where information support is often readily available.