Health & Wellness

Contact: Adult Service Desk 203-438-2282 x12004 or email the Reference Desk

The Ridgefield Library maintains a comprehensive collection of consumer health resources that provide our patrons with authoritative, up-to-date information on a wide range of topics that include healthy lifestyles, nutrition, fitness, mindfulness, medical conditions and treatments, drugs, laboratory and diagnostic tests, complementary therapies, and much more.

Online Resources

Subscription Databases

Academic Search Premier

Over 4,600 academic journals on a wide variety of topics, including science, medicine, and psychology.


Includes over 12,000 general interest magazines and newspapers.

MasterFILE Premier

Provides information from magazines, reference books, and primary source material. Includes Consumer Reports.

Recommended Websites


Comprehensive, authoritative, up-to-date health information from the National Library of Medicine.


Comprises more than 28 million citations for biomedical literature from Medline, life science journals, and online books.

Mayo Clinic

More than 3,300 physicians, scientists, and researchers share their expertise in a consumer-friendly format.

Excellent resource on women’s health from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


The most visited site for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.


A public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connecting users to services for older adults and their families.

National Institute on Aging

Focuses on the health issues of older adults and their caregivers.


An award-winning site maintained by oncology professionals who understand the needs of patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.

National Cancer Institute
The central website for the National Cancer Institute, the U.S. government’s principal agency for cancer research.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

Trustworthy source from the National Institutes of Health.

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)

A patient advocacy organization dedicated to individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them.

AMA DoctorFinder

Provides comprehensive information on every licensed physician in the United States.

Further Medical Questions?

Consumer Health Resources

Contact the UConn Health Center Library’s Wellness Through Answers program by email at [email protected] or by phone at 860-679-4055.

Explore the Consumer Health Resources subject guide which provides consumer health information to Connecticut residents. The Health Center Library is open to the public for medical research and assistance. You may visit the Library and do your own research or call to have medical information professionals research a medical topic for you and mail you the results.

Library Materials

Circulating nonfiction books and most reference books are shelved in the stacks in Adult Services. Print magazines and newspapers are on display in the Friends of the Library Reading Room on the Upper Level. Audiobooks and nonfiction DVDs are shelved separately.

Core Medical Reference Collection

  • Dictionaries
  • Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary
  • Encyclopedias
  • The 5-Minute Clinical Consult
  • Conn’s Current Therapy
  • Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment
  • The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine
  • Salem Health Cancer
  • Human Anatomy
  • Atlas of Human Anatomy
  • The Complete Human Body
  • Gray’s Anatomy
  • Medical Tests
  • Fischbach’s Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests
  • Merck Manual Go-To Home Guide for Symptoms
  • Mental Health
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5
  • Mental Health and Mental Disorders
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Current Diagnosis & Treatment: Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Current Diagnosis and Treatment: Pediatrics
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Complete Guide to Prescription and Nonprescription Drugs


  • Bicycling
  • Clean Eating**
  • Cooking Light
  • Eating Well**
  • Men’s Fitness**
  • Men’s Health*
  • Muscle & Fitness
  • Prevention*
  • Psychology Today
  • Runner’s World*
  • Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter
  • Weight Watchers*
  • Women’s Health*
  • Yoga Journal*

*Indicates title is also available for download on RBDigital
**Indicates title is only available on RBDigital