Health + Wellness

The Library has an exceptional collection for up-to-date health information. We have also compiled a list of community resources and authoritative health materials to ensure you are receiving current and accurate health information.

Note:  Please remember that while libraries and librarians provide access to medical information, librarians are not medical professionals and cannot provide medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or dial 8-1-1 for HealthLink, a free-of-charge provincial health information and advice phone line available in British Columbia.

Library Databases

Academic Search Elite

Find articles from scholarly journals in nearly every academic discipline. Excellent for students and researchers.

On the Shelf

Alzheimer's Disease -- Patients

Help for those living with alzheimer's disease.

Heart Health

Resources about heart health and heart disease prevention. 

On the Web

Canadian Mental Health Assocation (CMHA)

Nation-wide organization that champions good mental health. CMHA branches across Canada provide a wide range of innovative services and supports to people who are experiencing mental illness and their families. The North Shore Branch is located at #300 - 1835 Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver. 

Counselling BC

A directory of Counselling Psychologists, Counsellors and Therapists in BC, indexed by area of practice, type of therapy, location and more.

Emergency Wait Times

Emergency room wait times for the North Shore, Vancouver, and Richmon, updated every 5 minutes. 

Health Connect

A free, searchable, up-to-date directory of resources and programs to help North Shore residents manage a variety of health and chronic conditions. 

HealthLink BC

A great first stop for non-emergency health information and services for British Columbians. Covers health topics, medical tests and medications, public health alerts, and more. Includes translated resources in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish and Vietnamese.

You can also call 8-1-1 toll-free to speak with a nurse, dietitian or pharmacist about your health concerns, and to receive assistance in finding a family practice. They can also provide translation service in 130 languages, just state desired language at the start of a call and interpreter will join in.

Dial 7-1-1 for BC's healthline for the deaf and hard of hearing. 

Mayo Clinic

Look up a disease or condition, a symptom, a prescription drug, a test or procedure, or sign up for the Clinic's Health Letter.

Medline Plus

Browse health topics for specific diseases or conditions, get information on drugs and supplements, and find articles and illustrations on many diseases, tests, injuries, and surgeries in the Medical Encyclopedia. 

PubMed is a free search engine accessing primarily the MEDLINE database of references and abstracts on life sciences and biomedical topics

MLA Top Health Websites For Consumers and Patients

A very useful list of reliable medical websites covering topics like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and more. Based on criteria like credibility, sponsorship/authorship, content, audience, and currency. 

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

This US National Institute of Health site includes research on clinical trials, practices, and information about treatments such as acupuncture, herbal supplements, homeopathy and more.

Vancouver Coastal Health

Vancouver Coastal Health provides health care services through a network of hospitals, primary care clinics, community health centres and residential care homes throughought Vancouver, Richmond, North and West Vancouver and along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Sunshine Coast and BC's Central Coast.

VCH Aboriginal Health: Lots of great local information, resources, and services for Indigenous peoples, including links to the Aboriginal Patient Navigator Program, the Aboriginal Wellness Program, and the First Nations Health Authority.