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This Heroic Librarian Created a Free ‘Fashion Library’ for Job Seekers in Need

July 18, 2019
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This Heroic Librarian Created a Free ‘Fashion Library’ for Job Seekers in Need
Joshua O'Connor, Hallie Steiner
Books aren’t the only thing you can check out at the New York Public Library’s Riverside branch. Cardholders now have access to a variety of interview accessories, like bags and ties.

Step inside a library and you expect to check out novels, mysteries and maybe a DVD or two. But at the New York Public Library, you can leave with a briefcase, tie and handbag.

Michelle Lee, a young adult librarian, was helping individuals work on resumes, cover letters and job applications when she noticed that many of them also needed access to professional interview attire. 

“Some teens were surprised by the idea that they had to wear professional attire,” Lee told NationSwell.

So she proposed an idea for a ‘fashion library’ and started NYPL’s Grow Up program, where cardholders — who owe less than $15 in fines — can check out professional accessories, like ties and bags, at the Riverside Library branch.

NYPL isn’t alone in its efforts to provide sartorial support to job seekers. A handful of other libraries, like the Queens Library and the Free Library of Philadelphia, have launched similar programs for cardholders to check out professional attire. Watch to learn more.

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