Rebuilding Florida Libraries

Thank you so much for your interest in helping Florida libraries after the devastation of Hurricane Irma.  We are amazed at the outpouring of support we are receiving and are truly grateful. As you can imagine, this is going to be a long process of recovery. 

Reports are slowly coming in of damage assessments.  In an effort to provide assistance, The Florida Library Association created the Florida Libraries Rebuild Network, an online information sharing system to help connect those offering assistance to libraries in need. The Google spreadsheet is a tool where librarians and library supporters can enter their pertinent information.

There are two worksheets in the Google spreadsheet - one for libraries needing assistance, and one for companies/organizations and others offering assistance. Our hope is that this simple information sharing system will help connect those offering assistance to libraries in need.

  • Florida Libraries Rebuild Network
  • Southwest Florida Library Network (SWFLN)A status update of SWFLN members
  • In Jefferson County there is a Go Fund Me campaign to purchase a generator for the public library, https://www.gofundme.com/power-for-the-library.  According to campaign creator Natalie Binder, “In times of crisis, people need their library to be open. Older folks can use it as a cooling station, kids can have activities there, and people can begin to file their insurance and relief claims. This is the second time the library has lost power due to hurricanes in 2 years. I'm raising money to install an emergency generator in the library so we can continue to provide services in good times and bad.”

Thank you again for your support!

If you have any questions, please email Karen Layton, FLA Membership and Events Manager or call      850-270-9205.


NOTE: This is an unmediated process that allows companies and organizations to reach out to specific libraries directly, and allows libraries to reach out to specific companies directly. Once an offer is fulfilled and no longer available, it is the company's responsibility to mark it as Fulfilled/No Longer Available on the spreadsheet.

FLA is only monitoring the spreadsheet to ensure there are no spam posts. FLA is not responsible for mistakes, inaccuracies, or incomplete information posted on the spreadsheet.