University of Wisconsin–Madison

Public Library Services and Programs to Older Adults

As our aging population is burgeoning, libraries are finding it crucial to serve this audience. With an age range starting at 50 years old, the unique needs and interests of older adults are wide and varied, from technology training to library home delivery service.

We will dig into some of the trends, misconceptions, and needs of this age group. Practical tips, methods, and ideas will be discussed and shared.

At a glance

When: Apr 8 – May 5, 2019

Where: Online

Cost: $125 (10% Discount if you register by Mar 24!)

CE Credit: 1.4 CEUs / 14 LEUs

Program: #305319

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

Register online

Register by phone: Pyle Center, (608) 262-2451

Register by fax or mail: Print out a registration form

Login information will be emailed to you a few days before the course begins

Course details


  • Getting to know your community
  • Trends among older adults
  • Welcoming older adults into the library
  • Building collections
  • Developing programs and services
  • Marketing
  • Developing outreach strategies & partnerships


This course covers weekly topics through readings, video lectures, and discussion questions. You are expected to participate in weekly lessons through online discussions and an assignment related to the topic.


Angela Meyers holds a Master of Library & Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Angela started as an Adult Services Librarian in a rural public library and is now the Coordinator of Youth and Special Needs Services for the Bridges Library System in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She also coordinates the Library Memory Project, which is a collaboration of 13 libraries in three counties offering memory cafes to those living with memory loss and their care partners.