Updated April 26, 2021
Libraries of all types, including public and medical libraries, are important partners in community-based health literacy efforts. Librarians advance health literacy in their communities through a variety of methods:
- Providing Internet access and showing people how to find reliable online information
- Conducting literature searches
- Printing resources
- Referring people to local health services
- Distributing and posting information
Many libraries support basic literacy programs for children and adults.
Begin or expand your educational and community health literacy activities by collaborating with libraries.
Resources for Library Professionals and Their Partners
The resources on this page can help librarians and other information professionals recognize and respond to community members’ health information and communication needs. The resources may also help other individuals and organizations identify common interests and opportunities to work with libraries.
- Health Information for Immigrants, Refugees and Migrants (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2021)
- Health Information in Multiple Languagesexternal icon (MedlinePlus 2021)
- Health Literacy Studiesexternal icon (Harvard School of Public Health 2019)
- Library Newsexternal icon (University of Missouri Libraries 2012)
- Information for Trainers and Librariansexternal icon (Medline Plus)
- Consumer Health Information Specialization Classesexternal icon (National Library of Medicine)
- Find a Literacy Programexternal icon (ProLiteracy)