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..


Epic! will be back in 2018

Due to funding shortages, The Footpath Library's Epic! Short Story competition will not be running in 2017. We do look forward to an even bigger and better Epic! in 2018. We welcome your donations to help continue our work.

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The Footpath Library is delighted to announce the winners of the 2016 Epic! Short Story Competition

PRIMARY SCHOOL WINNERS AND PRIZES First: Phillip Greenwood, St. George Christian School, Hurstville, NSW (16GB Samsung Galaxy Tablet) Second: Georgia Holmes, Earlwood Public School,… Read more..

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..

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