The Barr Library at the Minnesota Department of Health assists
public health professionals in protecting, maintaining and improving
the health of all Minnesotans by providing authoritative, convenient,
and timely materials and services. An extensive collection of public
health books, journals, and videos facilitates informed decision-making
and sound scholarship. Any Minnesota resident or visitor may utilize
materials of the Barr Library on an in-house basis or secure
resources via the interlibrary loan process from the public, academic,
or special library that serves them.
Primary users of materials and services of the Barr Library in its
two locations are Minnesota Department of Health employees, Minnesota
county, city, and tribal public health employees, Minnesota K-12
school health staff (school nurses, psychologists, and social workers),
and employees of the Minnesota Board of Nursing and the Minnesota
Department of Human Services.
Secondary users include the general public, students and researchers,
and other libraries. Other state government employees lacking library
services or material access may negotiate a library service contract
with the Barr Library.
The following licensed databases are available to CALCO members
via in-house usage:
- CINAHL (Ovid)
- Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (Cochrane)
- The Barr Library strives to serve as the repository of all the
legislatively-mandated publications and internal publications
(whether print or electronic) of the Minnesota Department of Health.
All MDH publications are fully cataloged and kept in a separate
- The Barr Library also has a significant collection of videos
(most are VHS tapes) dealing with public health themes. The videos
possess brief cataloging records.
- There is also a cataloged historical collection of older printed
books and state governmental publications dealing with medicine/public
health housed in a separate room.
- The Barr Library also has a unique feature of prepackaged Pubmed
searches in its Hot Topics web site at http://www.health.state.mn.us/library/searches.htm.
- The Barr Library also publishes a Check
It Out newsletter and a Pick
of the Week resource listing to keep primary users abreast
of key print and electronic information in the public health literature.