Libraries support their communities in many different ways. Whether through times of humanitarian or political crisis, civil unrest or even the personal crises that affect all of us, libraries can be places of comfort, safety, reconciliation and hope.
Crisis is a natural part of the human experience. In this blog, we explore the reasons why so many people turn to their library during times of crisis and the different types of support which our libraries can offer. In so doing, we offer a conceptual model of the different roles of libraries during times of crisis on a scale from the personal to the global.
-- is Chief Executive of CILIP.