ALA receives two grants to help libraries in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

For Immediate Release
Tue, 02/18/2020


Mariel Colbert

Program Officer

Chapter Relations Office

(312) 280-2429

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has been awarded two $15,000 technology improvement grants by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine-Southeastern/Atlantic region to provide computers and other technology to enhance access to health resources in libraries in Puerto Rico and the U.S Virgin Islands who are recovering from recent natural disasters.

Through the grants ALA will also organize training for librarians on important online resources such as MedlinePlus, Health Reach, and PubMed from the National Library of Medicine.

Several libraries in Puerto Rico suffered damage during the recent earthquakes, and many other libraries in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have not fully recovered from the hurricanes of 2017.

Over the past two years, thanks to donations from hundreds of members, library supporters, and grants, ALA has provided over $100,000 in assistance to libraries in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

To donate to ALA’s Disaster Relief Fund please visit

About the National Network of Libraries of Medicine
The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The Program is coordinated by the National Library of Medicine and carried out through a nationwide network of health science libraries and information centers.

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under Grant Number UG4LM012340 with the University of Maryland, Baltimore.