How and why librarians should work in hospitals

This article looks at examples to give public libraries guidelines for setting up partnerships with hospitals – a process that is often complex but rewarding in terms of the public library service’s mission to facilitate access to reading matter for all sections of the community. The six examples studied show the various types of organisation and partnership that can be set up under contract to provide reading matter as part of a holistic approach to patient needs: professional librarians working alongside volunteers, public library annexes in hospitals, a hospital library run by professional librarians, and so on.