Corporate Relief Opportunities for Libraries

Corporate Relief Opportunities for Libraries Affected by Hurricane Katrina

ALA would like to thank the corporate library community and the publishing industry for their contributions to humanitarian efforts to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Below is a list describing efforts of corporations and organizations to help libraries in the Gulf Coast region recover and rebuild. If your company or organization is offering some form of assistance please let us know at  

3M Corporation - Executives from the 3M Corporation visited the Xavier University campus and presented a check for $100,000 to President Norman Francis to assist with the University's recovery from Hurricane Katrina. The funds will help to rebuild the Library Resource Center computer lab, which was damaged during Hurricane Katrina and the resulting flooding that covered the campus.

Absolute Backorder Service, Inc. - Absolute will offer all libraries that experienced a loss of serial back volumes due to Hurricane Katrina free replacements with no obligation. Every volume and issue in our inventory, which is updated daily, will be shipped at no charge. This program will take effect immediately for qualified libraries and continue through December 2007. Our IT staff is aggressively working on a database to post all available donations in one location for libraries in need. This too will be offered at no charge to those affected by the devastating hurricane.

American Psychological Association  - The APA has issued a press release detailing their hurricane relief activities.

BBC Audiobooks America - For libraries in the affected areas we pledge to offer a grace period on all unpaid invoice balances for a minimum of 90 days, hold all regularly scheduled outgoing shipments until a library is ready to receive the materials, send a FREE box of audiobooks to help reestablish collections (any library in the affected area should contact us at 800-621-0182 or when they are again ready to receive shipments), and provide a Replenishment Order Coupon that can be used to purchase unlimited materials at a 50% discount with free shipping.  BBC Audiobooks America has also donated $1,000 to the ALA Hurricane Katrina Library Relief Fund.

Brodart - Brodart has donated $5,000 to help start off the ALA Hurricane Katrina Library Relief Fund.

CavanKerryPress - CavanKerry has an ongoing GiftBooks program through which we donate free books of poetry to underserved/needy populations. We would be delighted to donate books and perhaps send out writers to conduct readings/workshops as part of our other outreach effort, Presenting Poetry and Prose, should these be appropriate. Our books are generally for high school through adults though several would also be appropriate for middle school students.

Copyright Clearance Center - The Copyright Clearance Center has donated $10,000 to the ALA Hurricane Katrina Library Relief Fund.

CQ Press - CQ Press has decided to replace books for all their customers who have lost them in Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. In an effort to help libraries restore their collections, they will replace, where feasible, all CQ Press books and journals lost in the storm. For those who have lost their records, CQ Press will work with customers to identify the books lost and will replace them with the same or similar works. 

CSA - Part of CSA's relief efforts include making CSA databases accessible to displaced users directly for up to 6 months through a registration process on the CSA website and extending affected customer subscriptions for up to 6 months to cover the period of time where their services would be affected.  CSA has also donated $15,000 to the ALA Hurricane Katrina Library Relief Fund.

DEMCO  - To help libraries and schools in the affected areas, DEMCO will provide a grace period on all unpaid invoice balances, hold all regularly scheduled shipments until a library is ready to receive them, and offer a disaster relief discount on new orders. In addition, DEMCO has matched generous co-worker donations to the relief effort, is contributing needed products, and will donate 1% of all sales placed on and in the month of October to the ALA Hurricane Relief Fund.  For more information from DEMCO, Inc., call 800-750-3385 or email  From DEMCO Media, call 800-448-8939 or email

EBSCO - EBSCO is providing free access to the Biomedical Reference Collection™: Comprehensive Edition and DynaMed for all hospitals and academics in Louisiana and Mississippi from September 2005 through Mar. 31, 2006. EBSCO has donated computers to Louisiana State Library and to the state of Mississippi. EBSCO is in contact with publishers worldwide in an effort to make subscription provisions for customers located in the affected areas.  We will work with affected libraries to obtain missing subscriptions per their preferences. Those libraries who are missing titles may also consult the EBSCO Missing Copy Bank®, which provides access to a one- to two-year back file of serials titles. For more information, Louisiana-based institutions should contact and organizations in Mississippi and Alabama should contact

Enslow Publishers, Inc. - Enslow Publishers, in an effort to help provide books to hurricane-damaged areas, will donate up to $50,000 worth of nonfiction library books to School or Public Libraries affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Enslow has prepared a selection of over a dozen sets of books, covering 200 topics for students and young adults, which will be offered for donation. There is a limit of approximately 50 titles per library donation until we determine the scope and demand of the requests. There will be no cost for the books or the shipping, although special requests or processing are not being offered with this donation. This offer is made until the books are given away or June 30, 2006, whichever comes first. If you work with or represent a library in the hurricane-damaged areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, or Texas, please contact Enslow Publishers’ Customer Service department for assistance during working hours 9 - 5 (EST) at 1-800-398-2504.

H.W. Wilson -  H.W. Wilson will work with any library that suffered a major loss because of Hurricane Katrina. Please contact their Customer Service Department if you need to replace H. W. Wilson titles when rebuilding your collection.  H.W. Wilson has also donated $50,000 to the ALA Hurricane Katrina Library Relief Fund.

IBM - IBM has partnered with the Red Cross and the Baton Rouge Parish Library to work with ProQuest to set up a modular library facility. We are donating 20 IBM PCs and three Young Explorer KidSmart systems. The Young Explorer KidSmart systems are early learning systems for those 3-6 years old.

JanWay - JanWay is offering "Katrina Relief" gel bracelets to raise funds for the recovery effort of Gulf Coast libraries. These bracelets are a swirled blue and white design with "KATRINA RELIEF A little goes a long way…" debossed into the band. We will donate the profit from these sales to the ALA Disaster Relief Fund for the library community of the Gulf Coast region. Bracelets are $1.00 each with $0.50 being donated to the ALA fund. 100 quantity minimum order. For ordering information, visit, call 800-877-5242 or email  UPDATE: JanWay has sold 1200 bracelets and will be sending a check for $600 to the ALA Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.  JanWay has also donated approximately $5000 worth of Summer Reading Program incentives to the New Orleans Public Library.

Lerner Publishing Group - Lerner Publishing Group donated 10,000 children's books to relief and rebuilding efforts throughout the Gulf Region after Hurricane Katrina.

LexisNexis - LexisNexis continues to support institutions that have lost CIS(r) and UPA microform collections with its longstanding replacement policy, which allows customers to replace damaged collections at a nominal cost. LexisNexis is responding to the extreme losses and hardships brought about by Hurricane Katrina through donation of our products to affected libraries in conjunction with our Fall Large Order Discount campaign. From now through December 31, 2005, LexisNexis will donate 30% of the proceeds generated from its Fall Large Order Discount Program to a "hurricane relief credit fund" for libraries impacted by the hurricane. At the end of the year, the fund will be dispersed among all affected libraries. Please visit for details.

Library of America - The Library of America is offering free several 100 volume sets of authoritative editions of major American authors, the core writings of American literature and history. If a library in the Gulf region is interested in one of these sets please contact Cheryl Hurley, President of the Library of America at or (212) 308-3360.

Marshall Cavendish - Marshall Cavendish has donated more than one hundred cartons of illustrated children's books for distribution among those affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Thousands of books left the New York area for the Gulf Region under the auspices of the Pajama Program, a charitable foundation that collects sleepwear and books for children and operates a reading room in Yonkers, NY. The donated books will benefit children housed in shelters in Baton Rouge and Monroe, LA. Marshall Cavendish is also providing books for the "10,000 Books" relief effort sponsored by the University of Southern Mississippi School of Library & Information Science. These children's and young adult books will replenish the children's literature departments of public libraries along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In a related program, the publisher is offering substantial discounts on all new and backlist titles to libraries whose collections were destroyed or damaged in the recent hurricanes.

PMA - PMA, the Independent Book Publishers Association, will act as a conduit of requesting donations of books from our members to help restock the libraries destroyed by Katrina.  Libraries can contact Jan Nathan, Executive Director of PMA (, with specific titles, genres and quantities, and the name and address of the library to which the materials should be sent.

Polaris Library Systems - Polaris has followed up with GALAXY and Polaris customers in the affected areas to offer technical support in getting them back online. We have shipped routers to replace those damaged by flood waters, and we have provided our Wireless Access Manager to help libraries control use of their wireless networks by an influx of laptop users involved with the recovery efforts. On behalf of some customers, we have conferred with their local networking consultants.  We are working with several local businesses and libraries to gather books to donate to the damaged libraries through the Texas Library Association's book donation program.

ProQuest - ProQuest Company has pledged $1 million in Voyager Learning's reading and math instructional materials in support of the children affected by Hurricane Katrina; offering complimentary four-month subscriptions to Reading A-Z and Raz-Kids books and resources to any educator serving students affected by Hurricane Katrina; providing access to its newspaper databases at no charge for the Houston Public Library and Harris County libraries.  ProQuest has also donated $5,000 to the ALA Hurricane Katrina Library Relief Fund.

PubZilla - PubZilla will offer unlimited free use of its site for donating serials in all subjects to the libraries impacted by the 2005 hurricane season.

Random House, Inc. - Random House Childrens Books donated 250,000 copies of their titles to First Book, the organization which is distributing reading to kids in the hardest-hit areas. In addition, Random House, Inc. has made a contribution of more than 100,000 books to Feed the Children for the distribution of books to shelters and housing residencies.

Scholastic -  To assist with long-term recovery efforts, Scholastic Book Fairs will match all One for Books donations with a donation of up to 300,000 books to Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. (K.I.D.S.) . K.I.D.S. will then distribute the books to children, schools, and organizations that have been affected by Hurricane Katrina.

SirsiDynix - Working with libraries to determine their technology needs and to potentially provide them with free ASP services for hosting Web servers and hosting entire Unicorn or Horizon integrated library systems to enable libraries with back-up data to run their systems; Offering free consulting services to affected libraries to assist them in their recovery efforts; Coordinating with affected libraries to determine where SirsiDynix could donate PCs and Internet capabilities; Setting up webinars on disaster recovery; Working with SirsiDynix users’ groups to facilitate action on immediate needs, such as when Louisiana libraries needed extra PCs to support the large numbers of evacuees pouring into their libraries, announcements were posted to the SirsiDynix users’ listservs, and the need was filled within 24 hours. We’re extending the same offer to Mississippi libraries; Users’ groups are linking to the SOLINET Job Bank, as well as to the Texas Library Association book drive.

Sleeping Bear Press - Sleeping Bear Press will donate $1 of the proceeds from every copy of Anita Prieto's new book, B is for Bookworm, to the American Library Association Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Fund.

Springer - Springer has given 10,000 e-books to Xavier University, Dillard University, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Loyola University New Orleans, Southern University at New Orleans, Tulane University and the University of New Orleans.

Swets Information Services - Swets has donated $1,500 to the ALA Hurricane Katrina Library Relief Fund.

Thomas Klise/Crimson Multimedia - In an effort to assist those schools and libraries that suffered losses during the recent hurricanes, Thomas Klise/Crimson Multimedia will hold audiobook subscription orders and bills until libraries are ready to receive them. We are also extending a special discount on all CD-ROM, DVD, and processing orders to those who are rebuilding their multimedia collections. We also have some product that we can provide at no charge for libraries that have been affected. Please contact Molly Klise at 860 536 4200, or email for information:

Thomson Gale - Thomson Gale is offering support by: Delivering numerous computers to aid in the filing of FEMA applications, missing-persons searches and other vital needs; Offering free electronic information services to schools, libraries, hospitals and other institutions where collections have been lost; Authorizing Katrina evacuees the use of our electronic products; Collecting a large supply of children's books which will be expedited to evacuee centers; Providing access to a special e-collection anchored by Thomson Gale's Health and Wellness Resource Center - remote access allows users to find the content they need from any Internet-enabled location. As schools and public libraries are restored, Thomson Gale will offer its longstanding Disaster Discount, which helps libraries rebuild following natural disasters. We will authorize to affected institutions, a 50% discount on titles previously purchased that are necessary to replace lost collections. Please contact for more information.

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List of opportunities available from corporations to aid libraries affected by Hurricane Katrina