Literature review

Are libraries effective settings for accessing health information?

30 Nov 2016

This Sax Institute Evidence Check review examined evidence of the effectiveness of using public libraries as settings for health promotion and health education programs.

Although very few such programs have been evaluated and reported in the literature, there is evidence that it is feasible to provide health education and health promotion programs in public libraries and that these programs receive public approval.

The study designs are not adequate for understanding the causal effect of these programs on health outcomes.

Libraries are increasingly regarded as responsive and active community spaces that provide a safe and trusted location for community activities and information-seeking.

The review highlights promising practice from a variety of countries in which libraries are increasingly being used for health promotion programs.

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