Public libraries and people experiencing homelessness: The experiences and attitudes of library workers

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Abstract

With the rise in numbers of people experiencing homelessness in our cities, towns and regions, public libraries are seeing an increase in visits from members of this community. Public library staff are increasingly required to assist and work with people experiencing homelessness, often with little training and without the guidance of policy documents to advise them. This article reports on a survey of Australian public library staff who were asked about their experiences in, and attitudes toward working with this community. The article finds public library staff are frequently working with people experiencing homelessness. Although library staff largely believe working with this community is part of their role, they also report feeling unsafe at work, and a belief that the presence of people experiencing homelessness in libraries can be detrimental to other library users.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)662-681
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Library Administration
Volume63
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Grant Number

  • DE220100295

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