Lincoln library bid to boost online health access

A library in Lincoln is taking part in a regional pilot project that aims to help people find online information about health and social care issues more easily.

The Lincolnshire-led pilot includes the Birchwood library on Jasmin Road, one in Boston, as well as four others in Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.

It is part of a national project involving more than 60 public library authorities in England, funded by Arts Council England.

Jonathan Platt, head of libraries and heritage at the County Council explained: “A ‘health button’ on each library computer will lead users directly to NHS Choices and other local health and social care websites.

“Here, you’ll find a wealth of information on a range of topics, such as keeping active and eating healthily. Our staff will also be on-hand to give you any additional support you need to find what you’re looking for.”

Nicky Parker is the president of the Society of Chief Librarians, which runs the project with Directgov and other national partners:

“Many library customers are unaware of how much they can do online, from paying council tax bills to doing a health check.

“The aim of these projects is to make sure we knock down barriers to information, especially for those who are uncomfortable with using the web.”

The national project focuses on four priority areas: helping people find jobs, health and personal financial information as well as benefits advice.

Source: Lincolnshire County Council | Photo: Dominic Clark for The Lincolnite