The Footpath Library Ltd

About

The Footpath Library is Australia's only free giving library for people experiencing homelessness.

We operate in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, taking books and conversation to the streets, where our readers can take as many books as they like with no conditions attached. We also give away new reading glasses from +1 to +3.5 strength and these have become as popular as the books. TFL is almost entirely volunteer run with two part time staff. We have been operating since 2007 and give away around 10,000 books a year, books that are either new (donated by publishers) or in very good used condition.
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Our Sydney mobile library for people experiencing homelessness operates at Martin Place on Tuesday evenings. We give out books, reading glasses, tea and coffee and warm smiles to up to 60 people each week. Since many homelessness services suspended their outreach during lockdown, our friends in Martin Place has relied on The Footpath Library to provide social connection via our mobile library. We have continued to operate throughout lockdown, now with a fully vaccinated team of 5 volunteers. The number of people accessing our service has not decreased during the last 18 months. Books have given most of us solace during our prolonged lockdown in Sydney and our readers have been taking around 40 books a night, with demand for reading glasses at about 10 pairs per night.

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Thank you to our Sponsors

$2k

Be Kind Sydney Matched Funding

$1,000

Be Kind Sydney Prize Reward

$515

Penny Mapp

$500

Be Kind Sydney Prize Reward

$500

Be Kind Sydney Prize Reward

$272

Sue Stewart

$261

Barbara Mckellar

$209

David Anthony

to continue the amazing work!

$209

Colin Jowell

$125

Shelley Norton

Proud to support the amazing work of The Footpath library

$104

Elaine Allo

Proud to support the great work that The Footpath Library does.

$100

Victoria Adams

$52

Jones & Co Marketing

$52

Lynda Rough

Go Footpath Library!

$52

Michele Warren

$52

Shane Mclachlan

$52

Find Ur Flow

$52

Jenni Anderson

$52

Be Kind Sydney

$52

Vincent Coles

$52

Anonymous

$50

Chris Perry

$31

Angela Best

$31

Shirley Perry

Congrats on a wonderful project

$21

Yaël

Keep doing what you are doing!

$10

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