Health and Wellness

Health happens at Lawrence Public Library! We offer a variety of reliable information, resources, events, and more to connect our community to health. Our online resources are available at computers within the library or remotely from any computer with a Kansas IP address. All other resources are available at the library.  If you need help using these materials or getting started with your research, stop by the Ask Desk, call 785-843-3833, email the reference staff, open a live chat session, or Book a Librarian.

Have a medical question and looking for a great place to start? Begin here with MedlinePlus, and then check out the resources below.

Health At The Library

Health Spot

Located past nonfiction near the study rooms, the Health Spot at Lawrence Public Library is a partnership between Lawrence Memorial Hospital
and LPL, serving as a location for the community to access health resources in Lawrence through databases, health events, free screenings, and toolkits on healthy lifestyles, and more.

Drop-In Services

  • Career Clinic: Staffed every Friday by experienced United Way Americorps members, the career clinic is here to help you with your employment search. They can help with resumes, filling out job applications, looking for a job, and more.
  • Housing Clinic: Come in on the 1st Thursday of each month to learn about local housing assistance programs and to get help applying for housing services.
  • SNAP/Double-Up Food Enrollment: SNAP and Double Up Food Bucks enrollment specialists are here the 2nd Thursday of each month, to help you sign up for food programs and answer your questions about food resources in our community.
  • The Willow Library Branch: Every Monday trained advocates from Willow Domestic Violence Center are in-house for informal, confidential visits.
  • Yoga @ Your Library: A professional yoga instructor offers an all ages and skill levels class on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Bring a mat and a willingness to learn.
  • Family Yoga @ Your Library: Bring your whole family to stretch together, relieve stress, laugh and play with a professional yoga instructor, the first Sunday of each month. All ages, skill levels, and please bring a mat.


    • Periodicals: Browse our collection of health magazines available for checkout.
    • Reference:Health reference materials are available for in-library use only.
    • Print, Audio, and DVD: Browse our collection of health and medical regular and large print books, CD’s, DVD’s, and downloadable audio and e-books.
    • Health Kits: Available for checkout, these kits contain books, DVD’s, activities, and free handouts about general information on specific health topics.
    • GYM Pass: Check out a free, 28-day full-access gym membership pass to one of three local gyms.
    • Events & Programs: Learn about our health-related programming and events on our web and print calendars, and through our Facebook and Twitter pages.
    • How to Evaluate Health Information on the Internet: Created by the National Institutes of Health, this resource uses a series of questions and answers to help identify and evaluate reliable online health information.

Online Health Resources

Health Research

      • Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this website provides data resources, publications, research findings and reports, and other resources in an effort to improve safety and quality in healthcare. Información en español.
      • A National Institutes of Health database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world.
      • Health Source Academic & Nursing This full-text database offers a trusted source of nursing and allied health literature. Available in the library and remotely from any computer with a Kansas IP address.
      • Medline From the National Library of Medicine, this database provides global information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, and other healthcare related topics. Available in the library and remotely from any computer with a Kansas IP address.
      • National Institutes of Health Contains an A-Z index of NIH health resources, clinical trials, current medical news, and more. Información en español. Also, an easy guide to using NIH for research can be found here.
      • ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source  This full-text database offers reliable, comprehensive coverage of the fields of nursing and allied health including journals, video, dissertations, reference books and more. Available in the library and remotely from any computer with a Kansas IP address.
      • Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection This database provides full-text coverage for a broad range of subjects in the fields of psychology, behavioral sciences and related disciplines. Available in the library and remotely from any computer with a Kansas IP address.
      • PubMed Central A free full-text archive of peer-reviewed biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the US National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).

General Health

    • Consumer Health Complete Browsable medical database including drug information, topic fact sheets, medical dictionaries, and ebooks. Available in the library and remotely from any computer with a Kansas IP address.
    • Gale Virtual Reference Library: Medicine A collection of reference eBooks focused on Consumer Health and Medicine. This requires a Kansas State Library card for access.
    • Health Finder From the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, a consumer health resource with news, articles, personal health recommendations, and more.
    • Health Source Consumer Provides full-text access to consumer health magazines, reference books and health pamphlets. Available in the library and remotely from any computer with a Kansas IP address.
    • Medline Plus – The National Library of Medicine’s user-friendly health database created for consumers. It includes information about health topics, medicine, and supplements, as well as a collection of videos and health tools. Información en español.
    • New York Times Health Guide Comprehensive health information website on a large number of health topics, including in-depth articles and archives.


    • Food and Drug Administration (FDA) This U.S. government site provides information on drug safety and availability, clinical trials, specific medications, and health updates.
    • LactMed A National Library of Medicine database designed to provide information for breastfeeding families about drugs and chemicals, and adverse side effects.
    • Needy Meds An information clearinghouse of assistance programs for affordable medications from pharmaceutical manufacturers and government resources.
    • PDRHealth Browsable and comprehensive database of medication information including use, dosage, safety, storage and more about prescription and nonprescription drugs, herbal medicines, and supplements.
    • Pillbox From the National Library of Medicine, an easy to use pill identification database with information about drug labels, clinical trials, breastfeeding safety, and more.

Complementary & Alternative Medicine

    • Alternative HealthWatch (KSLib)  Full-text alternative health research database focused on complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. Available in the library and remotely from any computer with a Kansas IP address.
    • American Botanical Council An independent, nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information about herbal medicines.
    • American Chiropractic Association​ The American Chiropractic Association provides information about chiropractic and chiropractic education, a directory of practitioners, and health and wellness tips
    • National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) The NCCIH website provides evidence-based information about complementary and integrative or alternative therapies, advice about choosing practitioners, and information about herbs and supplements.
    • Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database  Comprehensive database of evidence-based research on natural medicines and supplements, including information on uses, safety, effectiveness, adverse reactions, and conditions.


    • American Cancer Society Provides basic information about cancer and its causes, as well as in-depth information about specific types of cancer, risk factors, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment options. Información en español.
    • National Cancer Institute A National Institute of Health resource providing information about cancer diagnosis, treatment, alternative therapies and more.

Exercise and Nutrition

    • From the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics this website includes information on nutrition throughout the lifecycle, advice for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, information on prevention and management of diseases, and a searchable database of registered dietitian nutritionists.
    • From the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, this website provides dietary and physical activity guidelines, as well as information from Healthy People 2020 and wellness information from
    • Active At Any Size From the National Institutes of Health, this resource was developed to provide information about exercise needs for any body type, including the best activities to introduce you to being active, how to overcome barriers to exercise,  and how to create a long-term exercise plan.

Health Insurance

Local Health

Patient Specific Health Information

You can find more information about specific health needs by following the links below.


Children and Teens

End of Life

Latin America and Spanish