Helping United States Libraries After Disasters

Hurricane Sandy

We hope you and your family and friends were not directly affected by Hurricane Sandy. Our hearts go out to those who were.

Please let us know whether any libraries in your states were damaged by the hurricane and whether the American Library Association can help in any way toward recovery. Contact the Chapter Relations Offce: Michael Dowling at 312-280-3200 or Don Wood at 312-280-2429.

New Jersey

Rebuilding New Jersey's Libraries Fund

Many of our communities and their libraries have been affected by Sandy. We will not know the full extent of the damage or impact until all power is restored. (Posted November 2012)

In response to numerous requests, the New Jersey Library Association has created a way for those in New Jersey and all across the country to donate to the Rebuilding New Jersey's Libraries fund. All monies will be distributed to New Jersey's libraries once more assessment is completed.

For further information contact Patricia Tumulty, Executive Director, NJLA at 609-394-8032.

New York

To support damaged NY libraries, make donations through the New York Library Association. (Posted November 2012)

For further information contact Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director, NYLA at 518-432-6952.


Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you think we can help with libraries affected by Hurricane Sandy or with libraries affected by other natural disasters.


Responding to Disasters

See Disaster Response: A Selected Annotated Bibliography and other fact sheets from the ALA Library. Flood and Water Response and Recovery (Library of Congress).

DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB Listserv is a discussion forum for librarians, information specialists, and other professionals interested in disaster health information outreach to their communities. As a participant in this listserv, you can stay informed about current disaster-related resources, connect to colleagues in the field, engage in information exchange and learn about new ideas, trends, training opportunities, and conferences in the area of disaster health information.

For a list of the news sources scanned for weekly news updates sent on this listserv, visit Disaster Information News Sources.

To Help International Libraries

To help international libraries, please contact the American Library Association International Relations Office at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 3201. Current (November 2013) efforts include Haiti Library Relief Fund, Chile Library Relief Fund, the Japan Library Relief Fund, and the Philippines Library Relief Fund.

For Legislative and Other Supportive Actions

For legislative and other supportive actions, see Save Libraries in Your State.