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Public libraries respond to the opioid crisis with their communities: case studies

Libraries Public health Pharmaceuticals Opioids Drug use

Through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, OCLC and the Public Library Association have conducted research into how public libraries are supporting their communities through the opioid crisis, and how libraries are partnering with organizations to meet local needs. This profile was created through interviews with eight individuals: two staff members at the Barrington Public Library, two staff members at Barrington Adult Youth Team, a library board member, and three community members who participated in events at the library. Their thoughts and experiences may not be generalizable to all of the staff of the library or their partners.

This report includes eight research-based case studies highlighting varying opioid response efforts across eight locations in the US.

The libraries are:

  • Barrington Public Library
  • Blount County Public Library
  • Everett Public Library
  • Kalamazoo Public Library
  • New Orleans Public Library
  • Peoria Public Library
  • Salt Lake County Library
  • Twinsburg Public Library
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