October 18, 2021

A Free Community Resource: “Stanford Health Library, in New Digs, Celebrates 25th Anniversary This Year”

From Stanford Medicine:

The Stanford Health Library, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, is a free community resource for medical and health information. Started in a small storefront in the Stanford Shopping Center, the library’s main branch now is housed in the Hoover Pavilion, a landmark Art Deco building, at the corner of Quarry and Palo roads, that was once Palo Alto Hospital. The building currently houses the Stanford Neuroscience Center and many of Stanford’s primary care clinics.

“Our move here was a confluence of two major changes,” said library director Nora Cain, who oversees satellite branches in the Stanford Cancer Center, Stanford Hospital, East Palo Alto and the new Stanford Cancer Center South Bay. “Our building in the shopping center was being torn down, and the Hoover Pavilion was being restored. We were the ideal entity to respect that space and to accommodate the public.”

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The library staff respond to about 600 requests a month, with most inquiries revolving around cancer, aging, nutrition and chronic conditions like diabetes, arthritis and heart disease.

There are so many people in the community who were born in this building. They come up to me and thank me for bringing it back.

Requests come in by phone, by email and in person, with the library’s resources available to anyone in the community — not just patients and their families, [Nora] Cain, [who oversees four satellite branches] said. Librarians and volunteers also work closely with several Silicon Valley companies’ wellness programs.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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