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Heath Information in Libraries

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"One in three American adults have gone online to figure out a medical condition," according to a 2013 national survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. "Historically, people have always tried to answer their health questions at home and made personal choices about whether and when to consult a clinician. Many have now added the internet to their personal health toolbox, helping themselves and their loved ones better understand what might be ailing them."


Libraries have become another source of health information to their patrons, providing information on topics such as:

  • Medical conditions or diseases
  • Prescription medications
  • Surgical procedures
  • Navigating the health insurance marketplace
  • General physician and hospital information
  • Book and website recommendations for further reading

This guide provides resources on searching for and presenting health information to patrons. 


Please be aware, ALA does not provide medical advice, nor are the materials we provide a substitute for a professional medical opinion. 

Books on Providing Health Information in Libraries

Resources on Providing Health Care Information to Patrons

Websites that Offer Health Information for Patrons