ILA has adopted the Francisco Oller Library! ILA's Executive Board approved the motion to partner with ALA's Adopt a Library program.
"Just as hundreds of libraries helped colleagues in the gulf region after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, we are encouraging libraries, friends of libraries and other organizations to adopt a library in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other locations in the Caribbean."
ILA initially requested a public or school library because of the large number of public and school libraries in ILA. When we learned that all public and school libraries have already been adopted (great news!!), ILA did not hesitate to say yes to the academic library still in need of help and support. ILA has been matched with Biblioteca Francisco Oller which is part of Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Diseño de Puerto Rico (School of Plastic Arts and Design). The library is in San Juan and has been struggling to recover from hurricanes Irma and Maria. Our goal is to help in any way we can, whether that is financial support, in-kind gifts, best-practices, connecting them to specific need resources, or just encouraging words so they know they aren't alone in their efforts! We will update this site as we move forward. We want you to be able to see the progress being made whenever possible. Estrella Vazquez Dominquez, director of the library, has sent us photos of the initial devastation. I hope we will be able to update these with additional photos as the situation improves.
Below is part of the email exchange from Estrella:
"It is also a pleasure to meet you!
You are right; this was a difficult experience. We are still struggling! We still have 1 window, 3 skylights of our library broken, broken lamps, water filtrations, around 158 books and over 800 catalogs damaged - among other things. We include some pictures of the damages.
The air conditioner was installed two days ago, so you could imagine the issue we have here with the mold because since hurricane Irma, our collections did not have a proper temperature. The libraries and institutions of Puerto Rico suffered a lot, there’s a long list waiting to receive the treatment for mold. In our case, we will receive the mold treatment on March 3 and 4."
We submitted the damages to FEMA, but still no answer.