Ukraine Library Relief Fund

Ukraine Library Relief Fund

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ALA has raised $12,000 for the Ukrainian Library Community!

Thanks for generous support from over 150 donors ALA has sent $12,000 to the Ukrainian Library Association.

“The Ukrainian Library Association expresses our sincere gratitude to the American Library Association, and American library community for the unity and support of Ukraine and Ukrainian librarians,” said ULA President Oksana Brui.

The funds will help purchase computers, software, and other equipment, as well as materials and resources to help overcome stress for children and adults. And will help immediate repair needs to keep libraries open, support for librarians and library workers who are in harm's way, wounded, or displaced and in need of financial support.

In cities and towns throughout Ukraine, dozens of libraries have been severely damaged or destroyed. Librarians have kept libraries open for as long as possible and are improvising to bring services to people. Kreminna City Library offered services a couple of hours a week as street fighting raged. And in Kharkiv, a library was organized in the metropolitan transit system where families were taking shelter.

In addition to the destruction and damage of libraries in the war zones, there are significant challenges in serving internally displaced people from the regions where the fighting is taking place. The libraries do not have enough computers to meet the needs of displaced people in communication with relatives, job seeking, online learning, and more.

More is needed. Please consider donating. Donations are tax deductible. Read full press release.


Donate to the Ukraine Library Relief Fund


We encourage librarians to work with Friends, students, and others in creating community fund-raising efforts. Donations are tax deductible.

To send a donation via check, please make payable to the American Library Association with a notation that it is for Ukraine, and mail to:
American Library Association
225 N. Michigan Avenue
Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60601

For further information, email

Chernihiv Regional Library for Youth in Ukraine pictured before and after. Before: a beatifully landscaped red brick building with gingerbread trim and cathedral-style windows. A photo after the Russian invasion shows the library in ruins.
Chernihiv Regional Library for Youth (before and after). Photo credit:

Ukrainian librariy Lyceum N°25 in Zhytomyr shown before and after the Russian invasion. The impressive 4-stroy building has been largely reduced to ruble.
Lyceum N°25 Library in Zhytomyr (before and after). Photo credit:

Left: Kharkiv Metropolitan Library organized a pop-up library in the metro station where families were taking shelter.
Right: Librarians and library workers making food at Khmelnytskyy Regional Scientific Library for those displaced by the war.

 Left: Two young women weave masking nets for soldiers defending Ulraine at the Iinets city multimedia library in the Vinnytska region. Right: Three young womwnn work on their homework amidst makeshift beds in a library basement.
Left: Women at the Illinets City Multimedia Library in the Vinnytska region weave masking nets.
Right: A family sheltering at Solomyanska District Public Library in Kyiv.


Library Association Responses

American Library Association (ALA) -The American Library Association joins the International Federation of Library Associations in expressing support for the libraries and librarians of Ukraine.

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

The Library and Information Association (CILIP)

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL)

La Federación Española de Asociaciones de Archiveros, Bibliotecarios, Arqueólogos, Museólogos y Documentalistas (ANABAD)


Book donations

#BooksGiveRefugePolish literacy foundation Fundacja Powszechnego Czytania (Universal Reading Foundation) is distributing books through Polish orphanages, day care centers, kindergartens, schools, libraries, and train stations where Ukrainian families are arriving, and, in some cases, sheltering for the short term.

#KidLitforUkraine -  A virtual benefit to raise money for children of Ukraine (via Save the Children).

The Ukrainian Book Institute - supported by the Federation of European Publishers and the Bologna Children's Book Fair, appeals to the generosity of the book world with the goal to print in Europe hundreds of thousands of children's books in Ukrainian.

Publishers Weekly projects - the international publishing community has come together with a number of initiatives aimed at offering support to children’s authors, publishers, and aid organizations. For those interested in helping, there are a number of ways to get involved.


How to Donate to Humanitarian Organizations in Ukraine

The Ukrainian Red Cross - The Red Cross is often on the front lines of war serving to help those affected by armed conflict. The Ukrainian Red Cross is currently assisting people inside the country by aiding evacuations and providing shelter, food and basic necessities.

Save the Children - a global non-profit with the mission to lifesaving relief to children and deliver essential humanitarian aid, is calling for donations.

GlobalGiving - is raising funds to support locally-led organizations throughout Ukraine. Any donations to the fund will provide essentials for refugees, health, psychological and support and access to education and economic assistance.

Voices of Children Foundation - has been providing psychological support to children affected by war in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine through art therapy, video storytelling, mobile psychologists and more. Now, the organization is working to support children across the country with emergency psychological assistance and assisting in the evacuation process.

USA for UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, is raising funds to provide emergency supply kits, helping set up transit centers and providing temporary shelter to help Ukrainians displaced by the war. The organization has created a restricted donation fund where 100% of the donations will go toward supporting Ukrainian refugees.


Related News about Ukraine

School Library Journal: “President of the Ukrainian Library Association to the World: ‘We Are at the Forefront of the Fight Against Fakes, Misinformation, and Cyber Threats’"

NPR’s Report (March 9, 2022): “Ukraine’s libraries are offering bomb shelters, camouflage classes, and yes, books“

The Conversation (April 10, 2022) - "Libraries around the world are helping safeguard Ukrainian books and culture"

The Washington Post (April 8, 2022) - "World's librarians, archivists rush to save Ukraine's digital history"   |   The Daily Item (May 2, 2022)  

Politico (May 3, 2022) - "Destruction of cultural sites in Ukraine puts country’s identity in peril"


American Library Association Resources

ALA LibGuide on Library Disaster Preparedness and Response from the ALA Library - Disasters strike every area of the country, and disasters do not spare libraries. Usually there is little or no warning, and the best defense is a plan for effective response. This LibGuide offers resources for libraries of all sizes and types. It contains information on organizations that can provide disaster assistance; disaster recovery resources available online; and a bibliography of print resources.