Libraries and Hurricane Katrina

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East New Orleans Branch, before and now; Waveland Temporary Library Building

PLEASE DONATE TO THE
 ALA HURRICANE KATRINA LIBRARY RELIEF FUND 

Please click on the links below to view a list of resources:

  HOW TO HELPADOPT A LIBRARY PROGRAM | LIBRARY STATUS REPORTS | RELIEF EFFORTS | GRANTS | DISASTER RECOVERY | COPING RESOURCES | OTHER RELIEF INFO 

HOW TO HELP:

Financial Donations:

ALA Hurricane Katrina Library Relief Fund - ALA has established the Hurricane Katrina Library Relief Fund to help raise funds to help rebuild libraries in Gulf Region. All funds will go to supporting the library relief efforts of the state associations. Contributions are tax deductible. For donations by check please make the check payable to 'ALA' and mark the funds for the 'ALA Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund'. Please send to ALA Chapter Relations Office, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611, or click on the link above to donate securely online.

To date, ALA has collected nearly $500,000 for library relief.  The Louisiana and Mississippi Library Associations have provided documents illustrating how these and other funds raised have been distributed so far.  Please click on the name of the state to download the Word document: Louisiana, Mississippi

List of organizations that have established Disaster Relief Funds for libraries affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Book Donations:

At this time, ALA is not collecting books or other materials for Gulf Coast libraries, nor are we aware of any other organizations who are currently doing so.  These libraries are going to need extensive repairs or in some cases to be rebuilt entirely before they are ready to restock their shelves.

The best advice we can give for now is for you to hold onto the books until such time as we are advised that libraries are ready to receive them. We will post information on our website when we know more.  Please see also ALA Library Fact Sheet 12: Sending Books to Needy Libraries: Book Donation Programs  

ALA Adopt A Library Program:

If your library was damaged by the recent hurricanes and would like to be adopted, please contact the Chapter Relations Office at cro@ala.org or (800) 545-2433 ext. 3200.

To help the libraries in the Gulf region that were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, the American Library Association has set up an ‘Adopt a Library Program.’ The program provides an opportunity for libraries of all types in the US to provide assistance to the libraries in need.  Libraries wishing to "adopt" will be assigned to a damaged library in order to assist with fundraising or other relief efforts. 

Read stories about Adopt a Library participant efforts to date.

Thank you to all the libraries and other organizations who applied to Adopt a Gulf Coast Library.  ALA has currently matched up nearly 300 libraries with libraries in the Gulf region (current list of adopted libraries).  If your library is interested in adopting a Gulf Coast Library, please contact cro@ala.org

                                                      STATUS OF LIBRARIES:

Damage reports from libraries in the wake of Hurricane Katrina received in 2005.

Current status of library recovery efforts - most recent updates from August 2006.

RELIEF EFFORTS:

Corporate Relief Opportunities for libraries affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Library Relief Efforts by ALA Chapters and libraries.

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES:

Grant opportunities available to libraries affected by Hurricane Katrina. 

  DISASTER RECOVERY AND PREVENTION:

List of resources and organizations who provide information on disaster preparedness and recovery.

READING RESOUCES TO HELP VICTIMS COPE:

ALSC Resources - The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) has created a list of books to help children deal with the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

YALSA Resources - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has developed a list of books about overcoming disaster and stories of survival for teens. The booklist, which features fiction and nonfiction, was created to help librarians, educators and concerned adults guide teens to books that may help them cope after Hurricane Katrina.  They have also provided links to recommended websites with information about helping children and teens cope after a disaster.

OTHER RELIEF INFORMATION:

Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) - Click here for information about relief agency efforts.

Louisiana State University - A LIS faculty member from LSU put together this page with various links to information and resources.

Mississippi State University - MSU Libraries has created a web guide for internet resources on Hurricane Katrina. It includes a number of sites with information for survivors and also has a section on information for libraries.

 

For additional information, please contact the Chapter Relations Office staff at cro@ala.org.

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