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Contribution of Public Libraries to health and well-being


The MLA commissioned research that examined the contribution public libraries make to the health and well‑being of the communities they serve. More specifically, the project examined the current landscape of health‑related library work, focusing in particular on partnerships with health service providers such as the NHS and on a wide range of delivery models.

The aim was to gain a better understanding of the potential value libraries are able to contribute to communities' health and well‑being by examining the extent of different types of health related activities they run, and to contribute to the evidence base to inform the development of future health outcomes research.

The Reading Agency worked in partnership with LISU, and was supported by Professor Neil Frude, to carry out this research.

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The work consisted of three phases:

  • Desk research and interviews with key opinion formers and other important stakeholders
  • A survey of all library authorities in England
  • Researching and writing up case studies

The final report presents a profile of the current health and well‑being activities across the public library service in England.

Related documents:

Research brief
Press release
Project outline

Contacts for further information:

The Reading Agency


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