Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis, Part 2: Community-Centered Responses

Brian Real, Gayle Bogel

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Numerous articles from major national newspapers have covered the fact that as the opioid crisis has become a pervasive problem in the United States, overdoses in public libraries have become a somewhat common occurrence. Many of these discussions center on librarians being trained to use the overdose reversal drug Naloxone, and that was the primary focus of the first part of this two-part study. However, this second article discusses what libraries are doing to mitigate the impacts of the crisis and help persons from vulnerable populations before matters escalate to become emergency situations. The authors document how libraries are attempting to educate their communities about the opioid crisis, ways they have partnered with community organizations to help opioid dependent persons, and how they have addressed various facilities and security concerns for their buildings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-289
Number of pages20
JournalPublic Library Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2019

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©, Published with license by Taylor & Francis. © Brian Real and Gayle Bogel. ©, © Brian Real and Gayle Bogel.


  • Public libraries
  • facilities management
  • opioids
  • security
  • vulnerable populations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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