Use this guide to find your way to the very best health and medical information, all for free with your Akron-Summit County Public Library card. Search for books about a disease or find quick definitions in an e-reference book; get access to patient handouts, surgery videos, alternative treatments, medical journal articles, and more.


To find library books on health and wellness topics use the library catalog.

Digital Reference

We also have a number of digital Reference Books which are available to you 24/7 as well as e-books you can check out on Health topics . Use the Gale eBooks for Reference Titles.


  • Ohio Web Library
    Searching The Ohio Web Library allows you to search across multiple databases at once.
  • Alt HealthWatch
    This alternative health database provides full text for more than 140 publications in the collection, including full text for many peer-reviewed journals.
  • Health Source Nursing/Academic Edition
    Provides access to hundreds of articles and scholarly journals related to nursing and health care.


    This authoritative online resource from the National Library of Medicine provides a wealth of useful information on medical issues and disciplines, including: nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine and prescription drugs
  • Natural Medicines
    This is an informational database with peer-reviewed, evidence-based, and consensus based articles devoted to integrative and alternative therapies. Includes links to articles, webinars, pod casts, blogs, dictionary, nutritional information, calculators, and practitioners.
  • Merck Manual
    The Merck Manuals have been a trusted source of medical information since 1899. Choose from the Consumer version written in everyday language or the Professional version for information geared towards doctors and medical students. Have a four-legged friend?  This site also links to the Merck Veterinary Manual.


The resources in the Health Information Center are intended to provide public access to a wide range of health and disease information and should not be construed as medical advice or be used as a substitute for consultation with a health care professional.

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