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.