Earlier this year, the Windsor Public Library was thrilled to receive a grant from the Ontario Libraries Capacity Fund to develop a community hub of social services for those experiencing homelessness or living in poverty. The goal of the Library Hubs Meeting Community Needs (LHMCN) project is to create an information service delivery model within library systems that will improve access to social services and work to ensure that all are welcome in our libraries. This project is being done in partnership with Guelph Public Library and Essex County Public Library, and the resulting toolkit will be shared with library systems across Ontario.
This project is currently in the research phase and is looking for input from those experiencing homelessness or living in poverty in each of the three geographic areas (Windsor, Guelph, Essex County). We want to understand how we can best serve these vulnerable populations. An anonymous online survey is available here and paper copies of the survey are available at all Windsor Public Library branches. The information shared will be used to create tools that will help libraries better serve underprivileged populations across the province.
For more information please contact project lead Elaine Coventry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-255-6770 x.4438