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Public Health Ontario establishes the Shared Library Services Partnership (SLSP)

With the SLSP, selected health units with existing libraries act as hubs to provide access to library services and resources for health units without libraries. Each hub library will support a predetermined group of client health units. Clients have been designated to hubs based on the number of staff (i.e. potential clients) within each client health unit and their geographical location. This model builds on the existing capacity of public health library services in Ontario, and utilizes the active community of practice of the Ontario Public Health Libraries Association (OPHLA). The SLSP was developed in collaboration with the field through an environmental scan, conducted in spring 2011, of health unit access to library resources and services, as well as through the work of the SLSP Working Group, which met from June to September 2011.

The four hubs and their clients are as follows:

Middlesex-London Health Unit

Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Thunder Bay District Health Unit


Chatham-Kent Health


Eastern Ontario Health Unit

Brant County Health Unit

Algoma Public Health Unit

Elgin St.Thomas Public Health


Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit


Grey Bruce Health Unit

North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit


Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit


Ottawa Public Health

Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit

Northwestern Health Unit


Niagara Region Public Health Department



Huron County Health Unit

Porcupine Health Unit

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit



Oxford County Public Health & Emergency Services


Renfrew County and District Health Unit




Perth District Health Unit


Timiskaming Health Unit



Peterborough County- City Health Unit


Services that will be rolled out in the first year of the Partnership’s operation are:

  • Article retrieval/document delivery
  • Comprehensive literature searches
  • Reference questions
  • Library-related training for client health unit staff
  • Help desk (related to technical issues when using library resources and services)
  • Book loans

For more information about the Shared Library Services Partnership, please contact Beata Pach, manager, Library Services, at

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