The Virtual Library is a collection of online research databases many of which provide access to full text content of hundreds of public health journals. Public Health Ontario funds this resource to increase public health research capacity and support evidence informed public health decision-making in Ontario.
If you are a public health unit practitioner in Ontario, in addition to these online resources, you may wish to consult the Shared Library Services Partnership (SLSP) page to determine if you are eligible to receive library services from a designated “hub” library.
Access to the site is limited to staff in Ontario's 36 local public health units, the Public Health Division of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and Public Health Ontario. The terms of the license agreement with the service provider do not permit Public Health Ontario to extend access to the Virtual Library to any additional users.
If you meet the access criteria outlined above, you may access the Virtual Library through this link after you provide authentication information.
You will be prompted to enter your login information. If you are a health unit staff member and require Virtual Library access information, contact your health unit library or your designated hub library.
Yes, the Virtual Library includes some full-text content, including articles from many public health journals. Many of the full text articles are published under embargo of varying length, so please read the scope notes carefully if you need to access the most recent content. For the articles not availble via Virtual Library consult with your librarian.
You may download and use database search results and full-text articles for research, program development, and other related activities of your organization.
All other uses are prohibited. Some examples of prohibited uses are:
Virtual Library content is protected by copyright law and is subject to the terms and conditions of the agreements under which the materials are licensed. Except as otherwise provided under copyright law and applicable license agreements, such material may not be copied, published, distributed, downloaded or otherwise stored in a retrieval system, transmitted or converted, in any form or by any means, electronic or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the copyright owner. Users may not modify, adapt, transform, translate or create any derivative work based on the content of these publications.