The Homeless Period

This winter Library Services raised money to donate sanitary products to Hackney Foodbank.

William, the Hackney Foodbank warehouse manager weighs our donations.

Currently homeless shelters are not provided with money for tampons and towels.  With limited or no access to sanitary products, homeless women are often forced to go without. Homeless Period believes that tampons and towels should be made available through homeless shelters, the same way the government provides condoms. This charity encourages individuals to donate sanitary products to local homeless charities or food shelters.

You can support this great initiative by visiting their website, signing their petition, or donating a tampon.

For homeless women, it really is that dreaded time of the month.

Donations from staff

Staff from Library Services organised a series of events to raise money. They set up a festive bake off, a drop-in Christmas decorations making event, quizzes and  donated money that would have been spent on Christmas cards across all four library locations. Over £100 was raised for sanitary products and other items which Hackney Foodbank needed.

Homeless Period

Hackney Foodbank

Sustainable Libraries

Library Services are keen to support sustainability and the local environment and community. In the past year they have collected books and lent their expertise to growing a children’s school library, pledged to cut non-reusable plastics wherever possible and promoted recycling.

A bake off


Overall winners of Sustainability City Awards

Library Services have only gone done it again. 

Here at Library Services we work very hard to improve our environmental impact and to promote sustainability to everyone at City.

This week we have been awarded Overall Winner of City’s Sustainability League for the second year running. We faced some very stiff competition from some very tough and capable opponents from across City (think D2: The Mighty Ducks and you get the picture).*

Photo of awards
Library Services won a platinum award and were named overall winner in June’s awards.

Library Services have been awarded platinum level for sustainability every year since 2014. This year we organised a series of activities to improve the environmental impact of the library and to promote sustainable initiatives around the libraries. In the last year we have:

We hope to carry on the great work in the coming years.

*Jokes: everyone at City is super lovely. We couldn’t resist the joke. It’s a great film though (and available on Box of Broadcasts). But seriously, this year teams from across City organised some absolutely brilliant campaigns like gardening in Northampton Square and a food bank collection.

Find out more about the great work that City does for sustainability.