Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities

As the impact of the opioid epidemic is felt in communities across the US, public libraries are choosing to be part of the community response. With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, (project number LG-00-18-0298-18), and in partnership with the Public Library Association (PLA), OCLC is sharing knowledge and resources that will help public libraries and their community partners develop effective strategies to address the opioid epidemic in America.

Case Studies

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

The report details each library's response, the partnerships formed, reactions of the community, outcomes of the efforts, as well as challenges, needs, and opportunities.  

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Suggested citation:

Allen, Scott G., Larra Clark, Michele Coleman, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Chris Cyr, Kendra Morgan, and Mercy Procaccini. 2019. Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities: Case Studies. Dublin, OH: OCLC.

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