Philippines Library Relief

Leyte Library

Leyte Provincial Library (before)


A check for six thousand dollars was presented to the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI) on behalf of the many of donors who answered the call to donate to the Philippines Library Relief Fund after the devastation left by Typhoon Haiyan--one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. On March 14, Nancy Bolt, ALA Member  and Past IRRT Chair presented the check to Mrs. Elizabeth Peralejo, PLAI President, Ms. Susan Pador (Treasurer – NBOT), Mrs. Emma Rey (Treasurer – NCR LC), and Mrs. Lily Echiverri (former President), and to represent ALA was Mrs. Nancy Bolt, immediate past Chair of the ALA International Relations Committee. For additional information about this important event, please visit the PLAI site and Facebook pageThank you for your generous donations!

The Philippines face a long path to recovery in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan--one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. Thousands of people in the central islands of the Philippines have been affected.

The American Library Association is accepting donations from the United States for libraries in the Philippines. The Philippines Library Relief Fund will help to rebuild libraries and archives in the Philippines that were destroyed or damaged by the Typhoon Haiyan on November 8, 2013. Please make tax deductible donations to help rebuild libraries in the Philippines.

These are some links with images of libraries destroyed by Typhoon Haivan:

Eastern Samar State University - Guiuan Campus
Eastern Samar, Philippines

Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College - Estancia Library
Iloilo, Philippines

Cebu Technological University - Daanbantayan Library
Cebu, Philippines

Tacloban Library becomes refuge of Yolanda survivors (video)


Donate to ALA's Philippines' Library Relief Fund

Credit card: Please visit the ALA Development Office page (1. click on the GIVEALA logo, 2. Enter your ALA Login number and password or create a new record, 3. Go to "Fund Categories", 4. Click on "ALA Major Initiatives", 5. Scroll down to Philippines Library Relief Fund, 6. Enter amount you wish to donate, 6. If finished, click the 'Checkout' box, 7. Review your transaction, 8. Click on "Add to basket", 9. Click on "Proceed with Checkout", 10. Enter your credit card information, 11. Click on 'Complete Order')


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


Statements from library associations:

"The aftermath of the past natural calamities (earthquakes, typhoons, floods) and unstable political situations that struck various parts of our country has left a number of our countrymen devastated and and desperate. I am sure that a good number of them are our colleagues in the profession, with a number of their libraries adversely affected as well.  That is why I am calling upon my fellow librarians to help our unfortunate colleagues. This is a time to show them that we care and that we want to help them and their libraries rise again." ~Elizabeth R. Peralejo, President, Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. Read full statement. (November 13, 2014)


"On behalf of President Sinikka Sipilä, the IFLA Governing Board, and IFLA colleagues around the world we express our deep sorrow for the disaster that has struck the people of the Philippines. We hope that our colleagues in the Philippines, and their families, are safe." Read full statement. (November 14, 2013)


"On behalf of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), we would like to extend our deepest condolences for those who have lost their lives due to Typhoon Yolanda." Read full statement. PDF file (November 14, 2013)


“On behalf of the staff of the National Library of the Philippines (NLP) for sending an early of sympathies and support regarding the damage brought about by the Typhoon Haiyan…The widespread devastations to the public libraries in those areas is so massive and beyond imagination. The NLP, being the institution duty bound to address and attend to their needs, has embarked on a massive outreach drive appealing to everyone’s sense of charity for financial or material donations to the librarians.”  Read full statement. JPG file (December 27, 2013)

Professional library associations in the Philippines:


Disaster Preparedness Resources

  • Heritage Preservation: Webpage of the Heritage Emergency Task Force with resources for disaster recovery.
  • Library of Congress: The Library of Congress has a webpage with resources for librarians on preservation and emergency preparedness and response.

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