ALA Urges Library Supporters to Help Libraries Rebuild after Hurricanes

Hurricane Harvey disaster    Libraries Rebuild

Libraries are an essential service in helping communities recover from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria!

ALA state chapters, the Texas Library Association and the Florida Library Association, are taking in donations and leading the response efforts in their respective states. ALA encourages you to assist them. Information on how to donate to these efforts is listed below.

Since ALA’s two chapters are leading the respective recovery efforts in their states, ALA will be taking in donations to help the many libraries in the Caribbean that were destroyed and heavily damaged by Hurricane Irma.  Libraries such as the Philipsburg Jubilee Public on St. Martin has been damaged beyond repair and will need to be rebuilt.  Librarians in the region are trying to provide services for children and others in the aftermath of the storm.  Updates will be provided as they become available.

ALA is pleased to be partnering with Florida International University Library and its Digital Library of the Caribbean staff on assisting those in the Caribbean.


Make a donation online to ALA’s Disaster Relief Fund to help libraries in the Caribbean recover and rebuild.  ALA is 501(c)3 and donations are tax deductible.

Mail: Please print Donation Form (PDF format). Checks should be made out to "American Library Association" with a notation for ALA's Library Relief Fund and mail to: c/o International Relations Office, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795


Disaster Relief Fund to support Caribbean islands, Mexico, and Puerto Rico

The American Library Association (ALA) and the library community are supporting response and recovery efforts for libraries damaged by Hurricane Maria and the recent earthquake in Mexico through the ALA Disaster Relief Fund.
ALA is accepting donations to support library relief efforts in the Caribbean islands, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The ALA also offers a list of resources for dealing with natural disasters at Libraries Respond.


Fondo de ayuda para casos de desastre de ALA apoyará iniciativas de reconstrucción de bibliotecas en islas del Caribe, México y Puerto Rico

La Asociación de Bibliotecas de los Estados Unidos (ALA) y la comunidad bibliotecaria están apoyando iniciativas de respuesta y recuperación de las bibliotecas afectadas por el huracán María, y el reciente terremoto en México con el Fondo de ayuda para casos de desastre de ALA (ALA Disaster Relief Fund). 
ALA acepta donaciones para respaldar iniciativas de ayuda a las bibliotecas en las islas del Caribe, México y Puerto Rico. Además, ALA ofrece una lista de fuentes de información para enfrentar desastres naturales en Libraries Respond (página en inglés).


Adopt a Library

The American Library Association (ALA) is partnering with REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and Spanish Speakers on an Adopt a Library Program to match damaged or destroyed libraries in the region with libraries in the United States and elsewhere that would like to assist in their recovery. Just as hundreds of libraries helped colleagues in the gulf region after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, we are encouraging libraries, friends of libraries and other organizations to adopt a library in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other locations in the Caribbean.  

Many public, community, academic and school libraries need help. Adopting libraries and organizations can assist through fundraising; donating books and other resources such as supplies and equipment; and providing advice, volunteers, etc. 


For libraries in the Caribbean

For libraries in the Caribbean looking to be adopted, please fill out this form.

Para las bibliotecas en el Caribe que solicitan ser adoptadas, favor de llenar este formulario.

Questions and inquiries, please contact Nick Sweig,



Florida Libraries Disaster Relief Fund

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, the Florida Library Association is working with the State Library of Florida to coordinate a response to damage caused to libraries across the state. 

Anyone wishing to assist Florida libraries with their recovery efforts is urged to donate to the Florida Library Association's Florida Libraries Disaster Relief Fund.  Donations are tax deductible.

The Florida Library Association will update our website frequently as we learn details about specific libraries and their needs.

Florida Libraries Rebuild Network - an online sharing tool to connect those libraries impacted by Hurricane Irma and those wanting to help.


Texas Libraries Disaster Relief Fund

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey the Texas Library Association and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission are coordinating responses to libraries across the state.  

Anyone wishing to assist Texas libraries with their recovery efforts is urged to donate to the Texas Library Association’s Texas Library Disaster Relief Fund.  Donations are tax deductible.  

The Texas Library Association will update its website frequently with learn details about specific libraries and their needs.

The Texas Library Association developed the Texas Library Recovery Connection, an online information sharing system to help connect those offering assistance to libraries in need.