PlaneTree Health Information Center @ the Cupertino Library
Do you want to -
learn more about a health or medical topic?
find quality medical information online without wasting a lot of time?
locate a local or national support group?
Let us help.
PlaneTree provides relevant and reliable health and medical information so you can make healthy choices about your life and informed decisions about your health. Our expert, caring librarians and volunteers will work one-on-one with you to locate the information you need. Our resources include –
Trustworthy online sites (both publicly available and subscription-access)
PlaneTree’s vibrant reference collection of lay and professional-level books and texts
Our favorite newsletters, magazines, and medical journals
We can help you find information so you can understand more about health concerns and communicate more effectively with your doctor and other health care professionals. We do not offer medical advice.
Our services are free to everyone. Visit PlaneTree or contact our staff to learn more about any medical condition and treatment options, as well as ways to keep you and your family healthy.
PlaneTree Health Information Center opened in October, 2011. The Center is a partnership between Santa Clara County Library District and PlaneTree.
PlaneTree has provided health information to the public in two prior locations since opening in 1989. An independent, nonprofit community service, PlaneTree relies on contributions from patrons, community members, and organizations. We also appreciate the support of our dedicated volunteers. Visit PlaneTree’s website to learn more about us, to link to additional recommended health and medical websites, and to subscribe to our occasional health e-newsletter, which features local lectures and events, plus “News You Can Use”.
Health Topics A to Z
The following online resources are available to all members of the public. You do not need a library card.
Excellent information on common adult health concerns has been carefully selected by PlaneTree’s knowledgeable staff and volunteers. Each topic’s coverage is divided into five categories of links: Introduction, Daily Life (self-care and coping tips), Treatment & Therapy, Being a Savvy Consumer, and Books & More.
MedlinePlus is the premier health and medical website for the public. Its comprehensive information is reviewed by experts at the National Institutes of Health and kept up-to-date. There is no advertising. MedlinePlus is a free service of NIH’s National Library of Medicine.
MedlinePlus is very well organized and easy to use. Confident searchers may want to jump right in. If you’d like to learn about using the site, watch one of our short tutorials!
Interactive Workbooks (Go-To-Guides)
Learn how to manage a long-term health condition with the text, video, and quizzes of these interactive e-books. (Adobe Flash Player required.)
Patient Education Videos and Booklets (WebConnect)
Use these high-quality videos and full-color, 8- to 22-page booklets to learn the essentials of a new diagnosis or anticipated procedure. (important: Navigate by using the blue bar below the Santa Clara County Library banner or by clicking on the drop-down menu.) Adobe Flash Player required.