[Libs-Or] Library cards for homeless/those without permanent address

Tracy Scharn scharnt at wou.edu
Mon Jul 9 10:56:44 PDT 2012

Hi Kirsten,

Although I don't work at a library that has this kind of policy, I live 
in Eugene and our public library allows homeless residents to obtain 
cards. They verify residency through agencies that provide services to 
people who are homeless. You can read the requirements here:


I've also seen library policies that accept car registration as proof of 

I hope this helps. Good luck to you!


On 7/8/2012 3:43 PM, Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney wrote:
> We're currently exploring ways to better serve our transient 
> population here in Lincoln City. In the past we have worked out cards 
> for individuals staying at a nearby domestic violence shelter, and we 
> allow anyone to make use of our computers, but I would like to set up 
> something more permanent and wide-ranging that would allow individuals 
> without a permanent address to better access library services.
> We have some ideas here on staff, but I would be very interested in 
> hearing how other libraries have tackled this. What kinds of 
> requirements do you have in order to obtain a card? Do cards for those 
> without permanent address have the same borrowing privileges, or 
> modified privileges? Have you experienced a great deal of material 
> loss, or no? I suspect I may have to work pretty hard to get 100% 
> buy-in from my board and from staff, so any information you've got 
> would be great!
> Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney
> Library Director
> Driftwood Public Library
> 801 SW HWY 101, #201
> Lincoln City, OR 97367
> (541)996-1251
> kbrodbeck-kenney at lincolncity.org
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