Stories from the street.

Coming back from COVID lockdowns

After receiving the title of World’s Most Locked Down City, Melbourne is starting to move again and that includes The Footpath Library. The need for social connection and conversation, as well as books, reading glasses and beanies has never been greater, and thanks to The Footpath Library volunteers, people experiencing homelessness are able to get…

The Footpath Library pilots a Hub of connection for people experiencing homelessness

Apart from running our regular mobile library outreach at Martin Place, The Footpath Library is currently piloting a monthly service, The Hub, in Sydney inner west, where people experiencing homelessness or disadvantage can access a range of support services. The Hub aims to provide a welcoming, safe space and a ‘one-stop-shop’ to ease the challenges…

National Homelessness Week 1-7 August

  Today marks the beginning of National Homelessness Week, which is an annual event to raise awareness of the impact of homelessness in Australia. On any given night, 116,000 people in Australia are experiencing homelessness (ABS, 2016). At The Footpath Library, we believe that number is under-represented. “The COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the devastating…

Homeless people aren’t literary? Think again

“Michael started to visit the library regularly and we would have deep conversations about art and books.”


Graham is a Sydney Mobile Library Customer. Watch her story.  

I Am Hank

Watch the documentary on our friend, Hank.