Honoraria and food

Hi everyone,

I’m curious about what various library systems do to acknowledge participants’ time when seeking input from community members for library purposes.

At VPL, we’re compiling a report on our Access VPL card (low-barrier card) and are interviewing community members about their experiences in order to create case studies. Our general policy is that we don’t provide honoraria, but this is one of those cases where we’re looking at the possibility.

Thanks for any input!




  1. Are you looking for incentives for community involvement?
    Or a way to say “thanks” to community members who participated?
    Some ideas:
    – Discount on purchases made from in-library gift/book shop.
    – Discount or tickets to library events/programs (or VIP seating).
    – Selection of 1 item for library’s collection (with bookplate dedication).
    – Entered into a draw for a prize package (dinner for 2, etc.)

  2. Thanks, Lindsay. I’m looking for both the incentive and the thank you. Our target group is low-income and often precariously housed (or un-housed), so the usual library giveaways/discounts are likely not very attractive or appropriate. This is also a community where there is a practice of honoraria from other organizations for participation.

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