Michele and Howard Kessler Health Education Library

Made possible through the generosity of the Kessler Family Foundation, the goal of our Health Education Library is to provide you with up-to-date resources and staff support to better understand the health issues in your life or that of a loved one. Our staff can assist you with access to our print, audiovisual and Internet resources.

The library is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am-5:30 pm and Saturday from 11:00 am-3:00 pm.

Our Resources and Services


Our collection of approximately 1,200 books, covering all aspects of medical care and wellness, includes reference, circulating, juvenile, foreign language, large print and Braille books. The library also provides access to approximately 400 medical eBooks through the Gale Virtual Reference Library and the netLibrary.


The library’s magazine collection includes over 30 consumer health magazines that span a variety of medical topics, such as Harvard Heart Letter, Arthritis Today and BabyTalk.


The Kessler Library houses a collection of over 150 health education videos that can be viewed directly from the library computers or in a private conference room; titles include "How to Read and Use Food Labels" and "Breathing Free."

DVD Movie Lending Service

A list of DVDs is available at the Center for Patients and Families. All movies must be returned before the patient is discharged from the hospital. Please call 617-732-6636 with questions.

Computer Access

The library provides six computers with Internet access, as well as wireless access for visitors to work with their laptops or phones in the library. Headphones are available for videos and multimedia applications. Many family waiting rooms are also equipped with computers with access to the Kessler Library Intranet.

Reference Services

Reference library staff are available to answer your questions and provide information on support groups and other resources. Customized information packets are available on any health topic upon request.

Classes and Sessions

Please join our weekly Pre-Diabetes class every Wednesday from 12-1pm, everyone is welcome! The program is offered at no charge by the BWH Nutrition Department. No reservations required.

Services for People with Disabilities

The library provides many services and resources for people with a variety of disabilities, including TTY phone access, books on tape, Braille materials and resources about disabilities topics.

Contact the Library

You can reach the Kessler Health Education Library at (617) 732-6636. Library Hours and Contact Information


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