SRRT Resolutions

Palestinian Libraries
International Responsibilities Task Force
of the American Library Association's
Social Responsibilities Round Table

Organizations which Provide Aid to Palestinian Libraries

The information in this list was taken from the websites of the organizations listed and from correspondence with a number of these groups. Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement by the International Responsibilities Task Force, SRRT, or ALA.


A. M. Qattan Foundation: Al-Qattan Centre for the Child-Gaza (

"The Al-Qattan Centre for the Child-Gaza was established in 2000 as one of the major educational projects of the A.M Qattan Foundation in Palestine. . . . The Centre will contain a huge library. . . , a multipurpose hall, an information technology unit, as well as an outreach services programme designed to serve children in the more deprived and remote areas of the Gaza Strip. . . . [W]e are inviting you to be our partners in serving the children of Palestine by providing suitable library materials for children aged 0 to 15, as well as for parents and professionals working with children, such as books, magazines, videocassettes, audiotapes, toys, CDs, DVDs and any other suitable materials in Arabic, English or French." Contact Information: Ms. Reem Abu Jaber, Director,


American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) (

"ANERA is a U.S. non-profit, humanitarian organization working since 1968 to reduce poverty and relieve suffering and improve the lives of people affected by conflict in the Middle East." ANERA's Projects in Education and Youth have included assistance to libraries.


Book Aid International (

"Book Aid International works in partnership with organizations in developing countries to support local initiatives in literacy, education, training and publishing." Book Aid International currently supports over 20 organizations in the West Bank and Gaza, where it plans to make available approximately 10,000 books in 2002. It accepts bank transfers and checks in US dollars. If your contribution if specifically for Palestinian libraries, this should be indicated in your correspondence.


Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development (

"The Jerusalem Fund is a non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian organization based in Washington, DC. It is an independent organization with no links to political or
religious organizations in the United States or abroad. . . . Community assistance grants are funded through donations from private individuals in the United States and abroad." One recent grant recipient was Birzeit University Library. Monetary donations are accepted for the libraries included on the Jerusalem Fund's list.


Palestine Children's Welfare Fund (

The Palestine Children's Welfare Fund was established "to improve the living standards of the children of Palestine in the refugee camps inside Palestine." One of this organization's programs is Books for Palestine ( "The Book Campaign was established to source children's books for the children of the refugee camps in Gaza and the West Bank. However, after the Israeli invasion of March and April 2002 and the destruction of the facilities in the universities and colleges of the West Bank," it was "decided to expand the program to include institutions of higher learning." Monetary contributions, and contributions of books, software, journals, and videos are accepted.


United Palestinian Appeal (

"The United Palestinian Appeal is a non-political, tax-exempt American charity dedicated to providing aid and assistance to Palestinians in need, especially children, in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon." Educational projects supported in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Lebanon "provide communities with modern educational resources such as reading libraries, scientific laboratories, [etc.]." If you specify "restricted" on your check or Web site form, your donations will be sent to the specific library or libraries that you choose. (UPA recommends donating to one of the university libraries, such as that of Birzeit University or al-Najah University, because these are central cultural institutions in their respective regions and reach out to large numbers of students and teachers. Your money will go further in making knowledge available to Palestinians than if given to a private library.)


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