Public Libraries

Public libraries are the front line of health information needs in their communities. Public libraries fill four very important roles in community access to health information. First, they provide access to print and online consumer health information. Next, almost all public libraries offer free access to computers and internet services which allow access to up-to-date online health information. Third, public librarians answer health-related inquiries from their community members. Finally, many public libraries offer health and wellness related programming and outreach for their communities. 

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) provides free, research-based, health resources to public libraries and other community organizations that serve public health needs.

In 1998, the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) began collaborating with public libraries to connect consumers with National Library of Medicine health information resources including MedlinePlus.

Please visit our guide for public libraries.

Become a Network Member
Join NNLM to take advantage of free webinars, presentations and online training, funding opportunities for outreach and professional development, traveling exhibitions, and more.
Classes & Training
Browse NNLM's upcoming training opportunities, course catalog, and recordings of past webinars.
CHIS Sponsorship
Learn how NNLM can sponsor your Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) from the Medical Library Association.
Order Free Informational Materials
NNLM offers free informational materials including capbility brochures, posters, bookmarks, and program kits.