Geek the Library

Geek the Library is a community awareness campaign designed to highlight the vital role of public libraries and raise awareness about the critical funding issues they face. Introducing the word "geek" as a verb, it illustrates the fact that everyone is passionate about something—everyone "geeks" something—and that the public library supports it all.

With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the non-profit organization Online Computer Library Center, Inc.(OCLC) first conducted a pilot campaign during 2009-2010 in partnership with nearly 100 public libraries in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin. Since that time, OCLC engaged another 1,600+ libraries across the U.S. to run a Geek the Library campaign in their community. The campaign has also been translated into 4 languages and used in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.