Stephen Siwinski

Communications Officer

Texas Library Association & Texas State Library and Archives Commission Team Up to Support Libraries in Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 • Austin, Texas • News Release

Austin, Texas – As the Lone Star State begins to deal with the catastrophic destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, the Texas Library Association (TLA) and Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) are working together to coordinate a response and provide assistance to the library community.

Our assistance efforts are focused on providing resources and information in three key areas: (1) libraries in affected areas that have not sustained damage to support their work in the communities; (2) libraries that have been damaged to help in their recovery efforts; and (3) librarians and library supporters from around the state and the country that want to help.

Recovery will take months, if not years, at enormous expense. Those wishing to support libraries are encouraged to donate to the TLA Disaster Relief Fund, which provides grants to libraries impacted by natural disasters.                                                                                                                               

Libraries are trusted, known resources in their communities. Those that escaped damage or experienced minimal damage are working diligently to open their doors to accommodate community needs.

Thousands of school librarians will be on the front line, assisting students and their families displaced by the storm. Academic and special libraries are sharing essential information on financial, health and safety, and legal issues with fellow librarians and the general public.

At a time when hundreds of thousands of Texans have experienced tragedy and loss, and face an overwhelming and uncertain future, the library community is committed to connecting people to the tools, resources, and valuable information they need to move forward. TLA and TSLAC are equally committed to providing ongoing support to our libraries.

Links:  TLA Disaster Recovery Resources, Donate to TLA Disaster Relief Fund, TSLAC Resources, Central Texas Library System Library Damage Updates


About the Texas Library Association

TLA is the largest state library association in the country with almost 7,000 members who work in public, school, academic, and special libraries and who support educational institutions. TLA offers a wide range of services, including advocacy, continuing education, research, and public relations. To learn more about TLA, visit or call 512-328-1518.

About the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

The mission of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission is to provide Texans access to the information needed to be informed, productive citizens by preserving the archival record of Texas; enhancing the service capacity of public, academic, and school libraries; assisting public agencies in the maintenance of their records; and meeting the reading needs of Texans with disabilities. For more information visit or call 512-463-5455.

Media Contacts

Wendy Woodland, TLA Director of Communications                                   Stephen Siwinski, TSLAC Communications Officer | 512.328.1518 ext. 146                                          | 512.463.5514