May 20, 2022

Journal Article: “Public Libraries Supporting Health and Wellness: A Literature Review”

The article linked below appears in the latest issue of the School of Information Student Research Journal published by the San Jose State University School of Information.


Public Libraries Supporting Health and Wellness: A Literature Review


Heather Elia
Syracuse University School of Information Studies


School of Information Student Research Journal
Vol. 9 No. 2


The purpose of this literature review is to examine the ways in which public libraries are supporting the health and wellness needs of their communities. Although public libraries are not commonly thought of in association with healthcare, research shows that many libraries are partnering with other community organizations and healthcare professionals to provide programs and services intended to address the health and wellness needs of their patrons. Using scholarly journals, as well as trade and news publications, the author investigated numerous methods of health-themed service provision, including: consumer health information, embedded professionals, visiting health services, mental health support, wellness-based programming, and responses to the opioid crisis. Details on these programs are provided in this review so that readers can build upon existing ideas when considering their own health and wellness service offerings. Future work connected with this topic should involve a discussion of how to increase successful partnerships between libraries and other health-based organizations, how best to obtain funding for health and wellness public library initiatives, and how to publicize library health and wellness offerings to maximize their utilization by the public.

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13 pages; PDF.

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