Founded in 1990, The Emily Center is named after Emily Anderson. Emily fought a rare form of leukemia for four years, before losing her battle a few days before her 7th birthday. Frustrated by the lack of easy-to-understand information about Emily's illness, her parents founded The Emily Center so families with sick children could always have access to accurate, easy to understand and free health information.

The Emily Center is open to the public. In it you will find:

  • Highly skilled nurses to conduct individualized research for families and professionals.
  • Thousands of books, videotapes, CD-ROMs, pamphlets and recent articles on children's health, in both English and Spanish.
  • Resources on all children's health issues as common as bedwetting or as rare as Rett syndrome.
  • Computers to access online medical information from the nation's most reliable sources of pediatric health information.
  • Lists of local, national and online support groups.
  • A section for kids: Children can learn about their own health issues or about an illness of a sibling, friend or parent.

You can also access our catalog of materials at Phoenix Public Library. At the top of the homepage, type your search term in the search box and select how you would like to search for the item (Keyword, Title, Author, etc.) from the drop-down menu. Click on the box "Search Options," click "Location" and select "Emily Center." Next, click "Submit Search w/ Options."

And thanks to Phoenix Public Library's interlibrary loan department, public libraries throughout Arizona can borrow Emily Center materials for you.