Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

“The nation is experiencing an ongoing opioid epidemic, and communities across the country are feeling the epidemic’s impact. Public health and human service organizations, professional associations, and nonprofits continue to implement responses to stem the rising overdose deaths; public libraries, too, are a part of this response. “Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities: Research Findings” identifies, synthesizes, and shares knowledge and resources that will help public libraries and their community partners develop effective strategies to work together to address the opioid epidemic in the US.

As a part of the IMLS-funded project “Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities,” OCLC partnered with the Public Library Association to conduct interviews with public library staff, library board members, community partner organizations, and community members in eight locations across the US.

This latest article, published in Collaborative Librarianship, highlights the findings from the eight case study sites selected to participate in this research and provides an overview of the partnerships formed and the resources and programming developed to meet community needs. Read the article