StoryCorps @ your library is a two-year pilot project of the American Library Association Public Programs Office and StoryCorps with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The following ten libraries were selected through a competitive application process to serve as pilot sites for the StoryCorps @ your library program.

  • San Francisco Public Library
  • Chicago Public Library
  • Tampa-Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Libraries
  • Somerville (Mass.) Public Library
  • Octavia Fellin Public Library, Gallup, N.M.
  • Bellmore (N.Y.) Memorial Library
  • Greensboro (N.C.) Public Library
  • Multnomah County Public Library, Portland, Ore.
  • Nashville Public Library
  • Smithville (Tex.) Public Library

The goal of the project is to allow libraries to implement StoryCorps’ interview methods and resources within a framework of high-quality library programming that will serve public libraries as they seek to expand their influence and engagement in their communities. These ten selected libraries serve as models for other libraries.

The project will develop and implement a replicable program at ten public pilot libraries selected from across the country. Pilot libraries will receive equipment, training, promotional materials, and other resources to help them develop community documentation projects using the popular and unique StoryCorps facilitated interview model. As part of the StoryCorps approach, each interview participant receives a copy of their recording. With participant permission and based upon a written agreement with StoryCorps, local libraries will retain copies of fully released interviews. Copies of fully released interviews will also be deposited with the Library of Congress.

During and following interview collection, pilot libraries will develop local programs and events that complement the interviewing process. (See the resources page for ideas.)