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.

People accessing health information at a library

Libraries provide access to current and reliable health and public health information. They also support literacy programs.


Page last reviewed: April 26, 2021