The Footpath Library aims to enrich the quality of life for homeless people, encourage literacy and promote a society that is well informed about homelessness.

Society - Food for the Mind and Soul A Footpath Library Short Film

Enriching lives by giving books

The Footpath Library gives away free books to homeless people living on the street via our mobile services and through libraries we have installed and stock in hostels, refuges and community organisations in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.

The books are a gift and need not be returned.


Who we are


Founded by Sarah Garnett in 2003, The Footpath Library grew out of sorrow, a simple observation, and the desire to make a difference.

How we help


The Footpath Library gathers new books from publishers and excellent quality secondhand books from the general public and distributes them to homeless people living… Read more..

How you can help


There are many ways you can help us bring the gift of reading to homeless people. By contributing to The Footpath Library, you will… Read more..


2016 Short Story Competition

The Footpath Library's 2016 Epic! Short Story Competition for primary and secondary students is now closed. Thanks for entering! Winners will be notified by email or phone in the coming weeks.

Theme: Friendship

Opens : Entries are now closed
Closing Date is : 30th September 2016

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National Children’s Book Week: August 20-26

Each year, across Australia, The Children’s Book Council of Australia brings children and books together for Children’s Book Week. During this time schools, libraries,… Read more..

National Homeless Week: August 1-7

This month hosts National Homeless Week with the theme  #HomelessnessCounts – highlighting that the lives of people experiencing homelessness are important. It also relates… Read more..

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