Disaster Assistance  

Have a Collections Emergency? 

If your library or institution has suffered damage and would like to request assistance, contact LYRASIS Preservation Services at 800.999.8558. If you call after hours, you will be directed to an answering service; tell the operator you have a collections emergency and need to speak with someone from Preservation Services. If you are located inside the continental United States and you would like on-site assistance, we may be able to match you up with volunteers willing to help assist you in the response and recovery process.

Want to Volunteer to Assist an Institution in Need?

To volunteer to help an institution recover from a disaster, please fill out our Disaster Assistance Volunteer Form and we will add you to our database of volunteers. If the need arises, we may contact you for assistance after a disaster. Please note that filling out this form does not constitute a commitment; we understand that one's ability to volunteer at any given time is based upon a variety of factors. Signing up on this list indicates that you or your institution are willing to provide funds to travel to areas affected by disasters.

Other Help in the United States

Below is a list of preservation field service programs in the United States. If LYRASIS' lines are busy or down to due an emergency, please contact one of the other programs listed below. Although the regions they cover are listed in parentheses, all are available to assist any cultural institution in need. 

  • LYRASIS, Annie Peterson: 504.300.9478

  • AMIGOS Library Services: 800.843.8482, ext. 2844 after business hours: 972.340.2844

  • Balboa Art Conservation Center: 619.236.9702

  • Conservation Center for Art and Historical Artifacts: 215.545.0613

  • Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center: 402.595.1178

  • Intermuseum Conservation Association: 216.658.8700

  • Midwest Art Conservation Center: 612.870.3120

  • Northeast Document Conservation Center Collections Emergency Hotline: 855.245.9303

  • Williamstown Art Conservation Center: 8:30 – 5:30: 413.458.5741, after hours and on weekends and holidays: 413.458.9545 ext. 212

  • Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service: 888.905.7737​​