Public libraries and public health departments are a natural fit for collaboration. Focusing on health aligns well with the core values of librarianship, which include access, diversity, supporting the public good, and social responsibility.


This toolkit was developed by the Midwestern Public Health Training Center in partnership with the Network of the National Library of Medicine-Greater Midwest Region, the Public Library Association, and the Prevention Research Center for Rural Health.

Topics covered include:

  • Why Public Libraries and Public Health?
  • Public Libraries and Public Health in Action
  • Getting Started
  • Keys to Successful Partnerships
  • Evaluating Partnerships
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Podcast Mini-Series: Public Library Partnerships

In this mini-series, we explore the benefits of strong partnerships between public health departments and public libraries.

Episode 1
Library Partnerships, Brooklyn Public Library

Episode 2
The Role of Libraries in Advancing Health Equity

Episode 3
Harnessing the Power of Public Libraries

Episode 4
Partnerships in Action

Pitching Public Health to Public Libraries: Finding Common Ground

As public health practice and public librarianship evolve to meet the current needs of communities, their goals and missions are converging, but we use different languages. In this webinar, we’ll discuss how to find common ground, establish shared language, and identify how libraries and public health departments can work together to promote the health of their communities.

Bringing Public Health and Public Libraries Together

Establishing and sustaining collaborative partnerships between Public Libraries and Public Health departments present opportunities to bring together existing networks and partnerships and further support the communities they serve. This webinar will discuss the benefits of strong partnerships between Public Libraries and Public Health departments. Opportunities and strategies for partnerships will also be discussed.