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People go to libraries for more than books. That’s why some are hiring social workers.

Libraries play a central role in many communities. They provide books and information, and they also help some people navigate life challenges. Sometimes that work is beyond the scope of what librarians are trained to handle.

As Side Effects Public Media’s Darian Benson reports, more libraries are hiring social workers to meet more patrons' needs.

Side Effects Public Media is WFYI's health team and a Midwest reporting collaboration, based in Indianapolis.

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