When a man was found dead from an apparent drug overdose in a San Francisco Public Library bathroom in February, staff members asked for training in administering the lifesaving overdose medication Narcan. From drug abuse to mental health, some libraries are now taking on a bigger role when it comes to dealing with society’s toughest issues. We’ll talk about the pioneering efforts of California libraries in addressing community needs, and how libraries have evolved to become much more than a place to borrow books.
From Drug Abuse to Homelessness: Libraries Embrace Role Beyond Books
Luis Herrera, city librarian, San Francisco Public Library
Leah Esguerra, social service team supervisor at San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing
Sarah Vantrease, assistant director, Butte County Library
Chris Henning, marketing communications manager, Denver Public Library