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Services for Mentally Ill Available at Glendale Libraries

A social worker is available at library locations to better serve library patrons affected by mental illness, many of whom are homeless. The social worker:

  • provides direct support to homeless patrons with or without mental illness

  • conducts walk-throughs at Downtown Central and branch libraries to identify and engage patrons who appear to be in need of homeless and/or mental health services

  • assists in navigating and connecting patrons in need to area service providers.

  • educates staff on intervention techniques in working with challenging patron interactions.

Earlier in 2017, the Glendale Library, Arts & Culture Department received a grant through the California State Library Mental Health Initiative. A social worker was hired through the grant to provide mental health services at library locations. Those mental health services are now part of regular services at the Library, Arts & Culture Department.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Chuck Wike, Community Relations Manager, Library, Arts & Culture, 818-548-2042 or

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