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The OWWL Library System

OWWL Library System Provides Free Period Products in Fourteen Libraries

The OWWL Library System has partnered with libraries in Ontario, Wayne, Wyoming, and Livingston counties to provide free period products in their public restrooms.

Free-vend dispensers stocked with tampons and pads will be installed at the system’s headquarters in Canandaigua and in fourteen OWWL libraries:

  • Avon Free Library
  • Dansville Public Library
  • Geneva Public Library
  • Honeoye Public Library
  • Lyons Public Library
  • Newark Public Library
  • Palmyra Community Library
  • Perry Public Library
  • Pike Library
  • Red Jacket Community Library
  • Victor Farmington Library
  • Wadsworth Library
  • Warsaw Public Library
  • Wood Library

Patrons will not have to choose between using the library and leaving the library due to their period and not having products on hand.

Suzanne Macaulay, OWWL Library System Program Director

Having these products available free for library patrons will create a more equitable experience. Aunt Flow dispensers can be found in hundreds of libraries across the country, including Akron-Summit County Public Library, Wood-Ridge Memorial Library and Columbus Metropolitan Library.

The Honeoye Public Library is excited for this partnership opportunity focusing on providing essential items for patrons, items that no one should ever be without.

Janelle Speca, Honeoye Public Library Director

Having menstrual products available will make for a more comfortable library experience. The Lyons Public Library is thrilled to participate. This partnership will assist us in providing a basic need for our library patrons.

Sheila Koeberle, Assistant Director of the Lyons Public Library

Each of the fourteen libraries received one wall-mounted Aunt Flow dispenser, along with pads and tampons to stock the dispensers with. The libraries have all committed to continuing the period product program beyond the initial phase.

“Our hope is that this is just the start of OWWL Libraries providing free menstrual products and that others are inspired to start sustainable programs,” Macaulay said. “We view it as stocking toilet paper, soap, and paper towels.”

The OWWL Library System, headquartered in Canandaigua, New York, supports library services and the 42 OWWL libraries serving Ontario, Wayne, Wyoming, and Livingston Counties.

Read the full press release here!

Stay in the flow — we’ll send you period positivity + timely updates on the menstrual movement.

claire coder,founder + ceo

claire coder,
founder + ceo

Hi! I’m Claire. I founded Aunt Flow after getting my period in public without the supplies needed.

At 18 years old, I dedicated my life to developing a solution to ensure businesses and schools could sustainably provide quality period products, for free, in bathrooms. Our products are made with organic cotton and we are constantly working to reduce our environmental impact! Since 2021, we've donated over 6 MILLION period products to menstruators in need. I call this people helping people. PERIOD.®

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