Resources on Libraries and Homelessness

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Resource Collections

Library Anchor Models for Bridging Diversity Achievements (LAMBDA) IMLS-funded project to provide continuing education and improve the knowledge, skills and abilities of library staff who are interested in creating programs that develop and improve services to homeless LGBTQA+ youth.

Hunger, Homelessness & Poverty Task Force Resources (ALA)

ALA Outreach Resources for Services to Poor and Homeless People including Extending Our Reach: Reducing Homelessness Through Library Engagement

Image courtesy U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD Point-In-Time Estimates of Homelessness in the U.S. 2015

Webinars and Courses

From Infopeople

From Niche Academy

From WebJunction

Understanding and Serving People Experiencing Homelessness: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Library Service, PLA 2-part webinar from 2015

Serving At-Risk Patrons: Lessons from Library Social Workers, 7/19/16 ALA webinar

Resources to Assist Veterans At-risk of Homelessness, 9/28/16 New York Library Association webinar

Public Library Services to Patrons Experiencing Homelessness and Housing Insecurity: Part One and Part Two, 12/4/15, Minitex webinars

Video and Audio

A Librarian's Guide to Homelessness (See also and on Facebook, Libraries and Homeless Patrons)

The Street Librarian, Laura Moulton created a library on wheels to make sure people living outside had access to good books, Portland, OR

  1. Social Work in Public Libraries: Helping the Homeless in Yellowknife - Part 1
  2. Part Two: How Libraries Help the Homeless
  3. Part Three: How Social Workers Help the Homeless

Homeless Engagement Initiative - Dallas Public Library KERA - NPR radio story

Public libraries help battle homelessness in little ways, KBOI, Boise, ID, news story

For Bronx Librarian, Bringing Books to Homeless Children Inspires Hope, NBC Nightly News, 12/19/16

Image courtesy Dallas Public Library, Coffee & Conversation


What’s a Library to Do? On Homelessness and Public Spaces, Ryan Krull, The Millions, 10/16/17

'Homelessness is not a disease': living library offers stories from the streets, CBC News, 10/11/17

Kansas City Public Library embraces the homeless, Kansas City Star, 2/15/17

WebJunction's Social Library Homelessness Edition, 1/24/16

'It’s Warm...You've Got Your Own Space': Dallas Library Strives To Be Haven For Homeless, KERA, 1/10/17

Seeking solutions: Santa Cruz library system tackling homelessness, access issues, Santa Cruz Sentinel, 12/31/16

Spartanburg Library, Homeless Patrons, and the Golden Rule, TechSoup for Libraries, 12/20/16

Services for the Homeless at Libraries, ProQuest, 11/16/16, including an excellent infographic

Helping Homeless Students Step Out of the Shadows, Education Week, 9/16/16

Enlisting Public Libraries to Help Fight Homelessness, Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts, 4/4/16

Library Offers Homeless People Mental Health Services, And It's Working, Huffington Post, 3/31/16

Almost Home: How Public Libraries Serve Homeless Teenagers, School Library Journal, 2/11/16

Serving Youth Experiencing Homelessness, WebJunction, 1/6/16

Game Boy, Built in Boise, 1/14/16

Homeless to home: A story of homelessness and the transition out of it, Anythink Libraries, 11/2015

DPL, SFPL Develop Innovative Services for the Homeless, Library Journal, 9/29/15

Deschutes library intern seeks funding for social work program, The Bulletin, 5/3/15

How Libraries Are Adapting To Help Homeless Find Jobs, Health Services, Huffington Post, 2/24/15

From nurses to social workers, see how public libraries are serving the homeless, PBS Newshour, 1/28/15

Edmonton Public Library Adds Homeless Outreach to Five New Branches, Library Journal, 12/4/14

A Little Extra Help – Why Public Libraries Need Social Workers, Public Libraries Online, 9/23/14

D.C. adds a social worker to library system to work with homeless patrons, Washington Post, 8/27/14

Edmonton Public Library Adds Homeless Outreach to Five New Branches, Library Journal, 12/4/14

What is the library doing to address the issue of homelessness?, Booked Solid, Dallas Public Library blog, 10/16/14

Public Libraries Add Social Workers and Social Programs, The New Social Worker, Fall 2014

Public Libraries: A Haven to the Homeless, WebJunction, 7/28/14

Downtown Dallas library starts opening doors to homeless people in new way, Dallas Morning News, 12/2013

Library Service to the Homeless, Public Libraries Online, 4/26/13

SF Homeless Project The SF Homeless Project is a joint effort of more than 70 media organizations dedicated to covering the causes and solutions to homelessness.

Community Garden Engages Homeless Patrons and Non-Profit Neighbors, Washington Library Association

Homelessness Here, Sno-Isle Libraries (WA) is hosting a winter 2017 series of public forums to explore the scope and causes of homelessness in the region.


Trauma Informed Services in Libraries on Facebook

Libraries and Homeless Patrons on Facebook

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