“Yes we do have a homeless population here,” says Robinson-El. “But the way public libraries operate is that we open our doors and whoever chooses to come and use that particular agency or facility is welcome.…We have a population that is faithful and loyal. And if you walk around you will see that people are not just lounging around,” he says, though as he says it at least one person at the tables by the window is sleeping, albeit quietly. “They’re reading. I know because I put back the books that they’re reading at the end of the day. They’re reading reference material, they’re reading the newspapers, they’re reading the periodicals. And that’s what we want. They’re using the library, and that’s a good thing.”
The Washington CityPaper has a long article about the homeless who use the 24th and L Streets NW West End Library at 24th and L Streets NW. The comments are of great interest.
61. LIBRARY SERVICES FOR THE POOR.
Hunger, Homelessness & Poverty Task