The Footpath Library Ltd


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


Be Kind Sydney Matched Funding


Be Kind Sydney Prize Reward


Penny Mapp


Be Kind Sydney Prize Reward


Be Kind Sydney Prize Reward


Sue Stewart


Barbara Mckellar


David Anthony

to continue the amazing work!


Colin Jowell


Shelley Norton

Proud to support the amazing work of The Footpath library


Elaine Allo

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


Victoria Adams


Jones & Co Marketing


Lynda Rough

Go Footpath Library!


Michele Warren


Shane Mclachlan


Find Ur Flow


Jenni Anderson


Be Kind Sydney


Vincent Coles




Chris Perry


Angela Best


Shirley Perry

Congrats on a wonderful project



Keep doing what you are doing!



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