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‘Where will they go?’ MLK Library, a refuge for the city’s homeless, closes for renovation

“Every morning, buses carrying hundreds of people from the District’s homeless shelters begin arriving at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library hours before it opens. They file off the shuttles, with duffel bags, backpacks and rolling suitcases. Some head up the street to get breakfast and coffee. Others put their bags down near the library’s entrance and wait. When the doors are unlocked at 9:30?a.m., the line of people moves swiftly into the lobby of the renowned central library.” (via The Washington Post)

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Dallas Library Embraces Role As Haven For The Homeless

“In a lot of cities, homeless people use libraries as places to rest, especially when the weather’s bad. The Dallas Public Library system has chosen to embrace this role. Courtney Collins of member station KERA reports, librarians aren’t just tolerating; they’re welcoming the homeless.” (via NPR)

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Why Toronto libraries are a hot spot for the homeless

“On any given day at the Lillian H. Smith library on College Street there are bedraggled men with belongings in bags sleeping at the tables or reading.Many of them told CBC Toronto they don’t have anywhere else to go.James Donahue was there keeping warm.The 30-year-old describes himself as part of the hidden homeless, having worked out a system to keep his homelessness a secret… until now.” (via CBC News)

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Public libraries are serving the homeless more than just books

“The homeless use public libraries like many patrons do — to access information, use the Internet and learn, but they come with everyday needs that the average library user does not have.Homeless people visit the libraries to escape harsh weather, get fresh drinking water, and use the bathroom and electricity, which push libraries to provide services that are not part of their intended mission.”(via 89.3 KPCC)

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Library Offers Homeless People Mental Health Services, And It’s Working

“Of the 5,000 people who visit the San Francisco Public Library every day, about 15 percent of them are homeless, PBS reported. After years of watching this underserved demographic float through to get Internet access, a restroom and often, just refuge from the cold, the library realized it was in an auspicious position to stage effective interventions.So, in 2009, the library hired Leah Esguerra, who is believed to be the nation’s first psychiatric social worker to be employed full time at a library, SFGate reported. Since the program started, about 150 homeless people have received permanent housing, and another 800 have enrolled in social and mental health services, according to PBS.” (via Huffington Post)

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