Health and Wellness


start here with your library card

Apply online to receive a Library Card Number that you can use immediately to access our eCollection and public computers.  This card number is good for 2 years.  Visit any Memphis Public Library with your documentation requirements listed below to check out physical items. (Customers age 13 and up are invited to apply online.)

Visit our Start Here page for more details on obtaining a Library Card.

health information center online

The Business/Sciences department at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library has a large Health Information Center with materials relating to medical, health care and nutrition issues. Information is available in multiple formats and includes books, magazines, audio, video and online services. They’ve also put together a collection of online resources available here.

We also deliver a monthly Health Information Center eNewsletter. Here is the current issue. Sign up here to receive these monthly eNewsletters:

overdrive/libby health collection

Visit this special collection of health-related eBooks from our OverDrive eBook service.
Library Card Required | Getting Started Instructions | Mobile App Available | Try the Libby app for an easier experience!

gale health and wellness

Gale Health and Wellness offers access to thousands of full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and more. Perfect for researchers at all levels, this comprehensive consumer health resource provides authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices, and more.

Resource Guide

gale onefile: health and medicine

Created specifically for students, knowledgeable consumer health researchers, and health care professionals, Gale OneFile: Health and Medicine is the perfect resource for up-to-date information on the complete range of health care topics. With more than 2,500 embargo-free, full-text periodicals, reference books, pamphlets, and hundreds of videos demonstrating medical procedures and live surgeries, Gale OneFile: Health and Medicine ensures that researchers get current, scholarly, comprehensive answers to health-related questions.

gale onefile: nursing and allied health

Provide access to authoritative content including full-text titles cited in CINAHL supporting specialized care, treatment, and patient management. This essential resource is versatile and features highlighting and note-taking tools as well as an intuitive interface, providing multiple pathways to key information. Updated daily, this resource will help nursing professionals already working in the field, as well as students pursuing a nursing-focused curriculum.

gale onefile: physical therapy and sports medicine

Gale OneFile: Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine provides access to academic journals and magazines covering the fields of physical therapy, physical fitness, and sports medicine. The database offers a wide spectrum of information, including proven treatment techniques, experimental research, and more.

gale encyclopedia of medicine

Includes information on almost 2,000 medical disorders and concepts. Each article includes in-depth discussion of causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, procedures, and other related topics. Written for a general audience with an authoritative tone.

health reference series online

The Omnigraphics Health Reference Series is an invaluable medical resource that will give consumers the confidence they need to take control of their health and make sense of the jumbled and confusing advice coming from all directions. It is an easy-to-use and authoritative source designed for lay readers—consumers with no specific medical knowledge.
Library Card required if accessing outside of the Library.