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Shared Library Services Partnership (SLSP)

How it works

The core objectives of the SLSP are to provide Ontario public health units without an in-house library with access to up-to-date information and scientific resources, and to preserve the existing library infrastructure across the province. The SLSP is designed to support and strengthen relationships and promote knowledge exchange among public health units. Four existing health unit libraries (“hub health units” or “hubs”) were selected to provide services to health units without in-house libraries (“client health units” or “clients”). Currently, 24 client health units receive SLSP library services. Each library hub supports health units that are designated according to their number of employees and location.

The partnership relies on the support from other health unit libraries through the Ontario Public Health Libraries Association.

An evaluation of the SLSP’s overall performance, outcomes, and impacts after three years in operation found that the SLSP has been successful in developing and operating an innovative, cost-effective and impactful partnership to deliver a wide range of library services across Ontario’s public health system. It has not only increased health unit access to timely, up-to-date scientific  information for better decision-making and program planning, it has done so by promoting collaboration, information sharing and knowledge exchange, and cost-effective sharing of resources. The evaluation findings demonstrate the SLSP’s potential to contribute to the use of evidence and tools that influence policy and program development, and to build core skills, capacity and competencies in Ontario’s health workforce.

Services for client health units

Each hub health unit has a designated librarian who provides the following services:

  • Article retrieval/document delivery - delivering requested articles and other resources (e.g., books and print journals) to clients; 
  • Literature searches conducted in response to clients’ requests - providing clients with a list of relevant articles/resources pertaining to requested topics or research questions;
  • Answering reference questions - addressing questions on topics such as citations or copyright;
  • Help desk questions - answering technical questions and issues (e.g., login issues, difficulty opening articles);
  • Book loans - retrieving and loaning books;
  • Library-related training for client health units - developing and delivering presentations, on-site training and webinars; and
  • Creating reference materials such as copyright fact sheets, resources handouts, instructions on use of information tools and lists of SLSP services.

Finding your library hub

If you work at a client health unit listed below, you can use the services of the designated library hub. If your health unit is not listed, continue to use your in-house library service.

Middlesex-London Health Unit
Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
Thunder Bay District Health Unit


Chatham-Kent Health Unit

Elgin St. Thomas Public Health

Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit
Lambton Public Health

Niagara Region Public Health

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit


Eastern Ontario Health Unit

Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit

Ottawa Public Health

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit


Brant County Health Unit

Grey Bruce Health Unit

Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit

Huron County Health Unit

Oxford County Public Health & Emergency Services

Perth District Health Unit

Peterborough Public Health


Algoma Public Health Unit

North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit

Northwestern Health Unit

Porcupine Health Unit

Renfrew County and District Health Unit

Sudbury & District Health Unit

Timiskaming Health Unit


We would like to thank everyone involved in the implementation of the SLSP services as well as those who participated in the foundational environmental scan report or were part of the working groups on SLSP.


For more information, please contact Beata Pach, Manager, Library Service at

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