The information on this page is NOT designed to replace the advice and care that can be obtained from a health professional and should NOT be regarded as professional advice from a qualified doctor or health professional.
Wellington City Libraries will freely provide health information to enable better communication between health professionals and their patients. However, the library will not offer advice on medical and health issues.
Previous Health Topics (before October 2012)
(Click here for all previous health topics)
Last six features by topic:
|Diabetes, diet therapy & recipes||641.56314|
|Diet & Nutrition||613.2|
|Exercise & Fitness||613.7|
|History of Medicine||610.9|
|Pregnancy & Childbirth||618.2|
|Sexually Transmitted Diseases||616.95|
Other Medical Conditions:
Search the catalogue for information on other medical conditions, or browse our lending and reference shelves from 610 for medical dictionaries and encyclopedias.
Have a look at the libraries' Health recent picks for new health books.
Every month the MyLibrary Health recent picks include a selection of new items on this subject, along with reviews and catalogue links. Readers of this page may also be interested in the Personal Development recent selections.
For a full selection of new book lists available, check out the MyLibrary Homepage.
Our online databases & resources
You can access these databases with your library card number from any computer with an internet connection. All of our libraries offer access on free internet PCs, and staff can provide assistance.
Below you'll find just a few of our online databases that demonstrate the range of information available via these sources:
Health and Wellness Resource Center
This database contains information on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Prescription Drugs, Herbal Remedies, and Alternative or Complementary treatments, and more.
& Alternative Health Module:
The information comes from health encyclopedias, health dictionaries, and health journal and newspaper articles which are mostly full text.
EBSCO gives access to: health articles and abstracts including Lancet, Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Harvard Health Letter (from Harvard Medical School) and American Family Physician, plus many more publications.
(If you haven't used EBSCO in the past 30 days, these links will prompt you to log in with your library card details.)
The library allows free access to MedlinePlus from any of the free internet pcs in our libraries and at each enquiry desk. MedlinePlus is a medical database available online and run by the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
The New Zealand Medical Journal
A database of the New Zealand Medical Journal is also available on the free Internet PCs in Science and Humanities, 1st floor, Central Library.
This is a database that can only be accessed in person at the Central Library - there is no remote access to this database, although there is free access on the New Zealand Medical Journal's website to articles older than 6 months.
Visit for more databases on the topic of health. To see what online resources we have available on other subjects, visit our online databases home page - mygateway.info.
Make sure to check out our Kid's Catalogue for books and resources aimed at children.
See the human body section in our Kid's Catalogue for links to recommended websites and our books.
This page is written and maintained by Rebecca. The aim of this page is to keep you informed about the health resources available at the library and to highlight parts of the collection that may interest you.
Have any feedback about this page? We'd love to hear it! Please email Rebecca if you have any suggestions or other feedback about information and resources you would like to see available on this page.