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Disaster Planning and Recovery for Libraries: Home

A comprehensive collection of links to aid you in creating a disaster plan for your library as well as resources for disaster prevention, recovery, training, and outreach.


Disasters, both large and small, can affect libraries' resources and operations in numerous ways. Some, like flooding or fire, are immediately apparent, but others, like slow leaks, mold, or pests, can be slow-moving yet equally devastating. This guide is a collection of resources for libraries and librarians wishing to establish a plan for disaster preparedness. You will find valuable resources for planning, preparedness, and recovery, such as:

Images of Library Damage

Flood damage at Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay, NY. (

Image from a fire at Georgetown Library. Evidently, the fire was cause by a heatgun used in library renovation. (

A fire at Triana Public Library in Alabama in 2009 caused a total loss. (

This project is administered by the South Central Regional Library Council with funding from the Institue for Museum and Library Services.