As public libraries have evolved, they have become more than places to find books. Many homeless people, who tend to be more vulnerable to crime than other segments of the population and are shunned by society, seek refuge at the public library. It serves as a safe and inclusive environment where they can escape the challenges of life on the street.
In her 2013 doctoral thesis, Jean Marie McKendry explores this issue further. Her qualitative study focuses on “the experiences of homeless men who use public libraries in Vancouver”. To access McKendry’s thesis, visit: https://circle.ubc.ca/bitstream/handle/2429/44505/ubc_2013_fall_mckendry_jeanmarie.pdf?sequence=1