Access to Library Resources for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Public Health Agencies

Resource Access

Staff at State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial (STLT) Public Health Agencies have several options for obtaining library resources.  Most of the options listed below are available at no cost.

CDC Library Access for CDC Assignees

Assignees from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) working at STLT public health agencies can access resources from the Stephen B. Thacker CDC Library (CDC Library) using CDC login credentials to log into the CDC intranet.  This includes CDC assignees such as Epidemic Intelligence Service officers, Public Health Associate Program fellows, and Career Epidemiology Field Officers.

NLM Public Health Digital Library

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Public Health Digital Library (PHDL) provides access to e-journals, e-books, and databases on an annual fee basis. State and local health departments are eligible to participate in the PHDL. They must have a partner library that provides articles to users when the article is not part of the PHDL collection.

Public Access to Government-Funded Research

To comply with requirements to increase public access to government-funded research, U.S. government agencies have online resources for scientific articles and reports.  Here is a selection of a few such sources:

State and Academic Libraries

Many states have libraries that serve state agency employees. Access to public health literature will vary across states, and turnaround time will vary.  Here are a few examples of state libraries offering access to state employees:

In addition, STLT public health agency staff who serve as faculty at academic institutions can access library resources at their academic libraries.

Emergency Access to Resources

Information resources usually have a fee; however, many resources are generally available for researchers during emergencies.

Open Access Resources

Articles and eBooks

Articles in Open Access journals are freely available to users (Gold Open Access); some journals contain open and closed-access articles (Hybrid Open Access).

Green Open Access allows authors to post articles to a website or repository to make the article available.

The Directory of Open Access Repositories (DOAR) provides an overview of free, open access to academic resources and eBooks.

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is an index of free, open access journals from around the world.

Open Access Scholarly Publications


These articles have not yet been peer-reviewed but can give insights into emerging areas of inquiry.  All articles available via preprint services are available at no cost.  Preprints relevant to public health include:

Practice Guidelines

Clinical and community-based practice guidelines summarize evidence on best practices.  Key sites include:

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