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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Disaster Preparedness for Libraries

This guide is designed to help libraries, librarians, and library administration create a fire safe library and minimize damage in the case of an emergency.

Funding Recovery Operations

Funding recovery operations can far exceed your normal budget. There are grants and other funds available to help with these operations. In addition to the resources listed here, check with your state library, state emergency management agency, and local governments. They may have funds available for exactly this purpose. Local nonprofits may also be a good resource. Don't forget to read up on grant writing before you start.

Color image of volunteers in Venice, Italy salvaging waterlogged books.

Photo by Sylvia Poggioli, courtesy of NPR.

General Recovery Resources

Damaged Items

Learning From Other Libraries