Libraries, Literacy, and Social Inclusion (2013)

On the surface, it seems that everyone feels welcome at their community library, says the author of this paper. But many people are intimidated by libraries and, for a variety of reasons, feel they are not welcome.

The author looks at a number of programs designed to encourage libraries to draw in socially marginalized groups, which may include the poor, the elderly, Aboriginal people, the unemployed, and immigrants.

She encourages adult literacy practitioners to expand their awareness of the role social exclusion plays in literacy work. As well, many literacy programs have existing relationships with local libraries, and she recommends that they start a conversation about the meaning of social exclusion in their communities.

This document was prepared as part of a project designed to collect information and stories about adult literacy practice.

Get resource
APA citation
Sandra Loschnig. Libraries, Literacy, and Social Inclusion 2013. Web. 31 Jan. 2023 <>
Sandra Loschnig (2013). Libraries, Literacy, and Social Inclusion. Retrieved January 31, 2023, from
© 2023 Copian Library