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Patient and family resources

Health Information Library

The Health Information Library in the Family Centre at SickKids offers many resources and services for both inpatient and outpatient families in a warm, welcoming environment.  Here, we help families find the health information they need to make decisions about care and to help their children grow up happy and healthy.  Staff and trained volunteers are available to assist families with finding information about medical conditions, healthy lifestyle choices, safety, child-rearing, and child development.

At the Health Information Library, families can:

  • Connect with support resources at the hospital and in your community
  • Use a computer to look for health information or to keep in touch with family and friends
  • Book a private work space (includes a computer, printer, and telephone)
  • Sit, read, and relax in our quiet sitting area
  • Make local or calling card phone calls using our complimentary phone
  • Learn about and register for school services at SickKids
  • Start a new Bravery Bead Necklace or pick up some more beads
  • Arrange for an information search by a librarian
  • Find reliable print and online resources about your child’s illness or condition, including:
    • DVDs
    • Books
    • Health Information Websites
    • Videos

Talking to your child about illness can be challenging

The Family Centre has resources to assist you with educating your child, including:

  • Children's books on health issues
  • Activity and colouring pages
  • Health promotion displays