Young people can get help through Huckleberry House partnership.

Central Ohio youth who need a safe place to turn can now find one at all 23 branches of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

The library is participating in the National Safe Place Network in partnership with Huckleberry House, which runs the Safe Place initiative locally. Youth who are facing abuse, neglect, family issues or other challenges can find help at any establishment that displays the trademark yellow-and-black sign.

Huckleberry House, a nonprofit organization that helps young people and families who are facing a crisis, has 116 Safe Place sites across Central Ohio. Youth also can get help or find a Safe Place through a text-messaging service by texting “safe” and their location to 44357.

Across the country, more than 21,000 locations in 39 states participate in the Safe Place program. For more information, go to