Collaboration with public libraries

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Collaboration with your local public library service

Most public libraries are very keen to improve their own health information provision and share resources and experience with other sectors. If you have difficulty finding a relevant contact in your local area, please contact

Idea Guidance Links to relevant websites, Innovation awards, examples etc.
Librarian exchange / job shadowing / visits Being aware of content and scope of each other’s library stock and enquiries received will inform the direction of collaboration potential. Public libraries could suggest resources for health libraries to stock. Support public library health information events.

Shared posts between public and health libraries.

Innovation Award 14

HLG Presentation


Joint training with public library staff Discuss sharing of training resources eg: handling enquiries from the public and signposting to appropriate information. Offer tutorials on health information searching. Innovation Award 5

HLG Presentation

Arrange a procedure for referral of complex queries Make local public libraries aware of content of your stock and services available and devise a plan for when they get a complex health enquiry. (ask other libraries to share theirs)

Make your library open to individual referrals from other sector libraries – others will tell you that this does not result in floods of referrals!

Innovation Award 5



Stock Books on Prescription (“Reading Well”) Stock the same BoP books as your local public library and promote these to staff for themselves or patients. Incorporate BoP as part of the Trust’s wider health and wellbeing agenda. Members of hospital staff who are referred to Occupational Health are given a prescription for a specific resource which they can borrow from the hospital’s library. The collection is also available for general borrowing. Innovation Award 6

HLG Presentation

Reading Well