Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities

There are several key publications for this project, including eight case studies, a summary report of the research findings, and a call to action white paper for libraries.


Opioid Crisis Support Kit for Public Libraries (Spring 2024)
A resource for public libraries that includes videos, readings, and activities specific to library work that you can learn from and explore. The kit will help libraries assess their staff strengths and capacity, identify key partners with whom to collaborate or coordinate, and plan and implement programming and services that support local needs.

Public Libraries as Partners in the Opioid Crisis (Fall 2020)
An overview document that can be shared with partners about the importance of libraries as partners in the opioid crisis. "Libraries offer public spaces open to all, run by staff deeply committed to their communities. As local anchor institutions, libraries are responding to the opioid crisis that has gripped our nation. Together with community partners, public libraries are providing information, services, education, and training events to support prevention and recovery efforts

Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis With Their Communities: Research Findings (Spring 2020)
Project researchers Lynn Connaway and Michele Coleman along with project director, Kendra Morgan, provide an overview of the findings from the research in the journal Collaborative Librarianship.

Call to Action: Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis (February 2020)
A report that offers strategies for public libraries to consider as they determine a local response to the nationwide opioid crisis.

Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities: Summary Report (October 2019)
A summary of the research findings from the eight case studies.

Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities: Case Studies (October 2019)
Eight research-based case studies that explore how libraries and their partners are working together to respond to the opioid crisis. The case studies are all compiled in the link above, and are also available as individual files:

Denver Public Library: Opioid Response Profile (July 2019)
As part of the research phase of the project, the research protocol was pre-tested with the Denver Public Library and a profile of their partnerships and activities was created.

Public libraries respond to the opioid crisis in collaboration with their communities: An introduction (Spring 2019)
Project researcher Lynn Connaway and Michele Coleman provide an introduction to the project research in the journal of Collaborative Librarianship.