The Footpath Library values people experiencing homelessness as contributing members of society and recognises their right to the benefits and pleasure of reading.  We consider mutual respect to be vital for this group as well as those assisting them.


The Footpath Library believes books can connect the community with people experiencing homelessness and that through books our volunteers, book donators, and supporters can create a sense of belonging and conversation with our reader friends.


We believe in the power of community, including organisations and individuals, to make an enormous difference to the social fabric of society.  We aim to create a sense of community for our reader friends, volunteers and supporters.


The Footpath Library seeks a society that truly understands homelessness and will take responsibility for the emotional and physical wellbeing of people experiencing homelessness.


The Footpath Library approaches its work with homeless people by encouraging deep awareness of their difficulties and a desire to provide relief.


We work co-operatively with those who advocate for and take action to protect people experiencing homelessness, we work toward our vision as a team and seek a collaborative approach to our work with our reader friends, volunteers and supporters.


We believe in the power of storytelling and that books have the power to change and enrich lives!


We believe that social equity and justice for people experiencing homelessness are fundamental to Australia’s future.  We also believe in empowering our staff and volunteers to work to their best capacity.


The Footpath Library operations and dealings with our reader friends, volunteers, sponsors and supporters will be of a professional standard.


The Footpath Library strives to achieve a business model that has minimal negative impact on the global or local environment, community, and society; that embraces renewable resources, sustainable development and distribution; that creates value for clients, supporters, and the environment.

Definition of homelessness
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