De Pueblo a Pueblo-Narra Foundation is addressing major needs at the Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR) in Río Piedras. Serving the largest campus of the public university system, the José M. Lázaro Library houses unique Puerto Rican heritage collections. Fortunately, the library administration received support from the higher university officials, and took immediate action to preserve the invaluable collections. The Lázaro Library was able to address mold infestation and polluted air in a timely manner, enabling the opening the Puerto Rican Heritage Collection to researchers two weeks ago. One of the major needs identified by library administration were scanners to digitize and thus preserve at-risk heritage collections from future natural disasters and make them available to library users.
On May 4, 2018, Professor Arlene Díaz, on behalf of De Pueblo a Pueblo-Narra Foundation, made an in-kind donation of two overhead document scanners to Professors Miguel Santiago and Myra Torres, director and associate director, respectively, of the UPR-Río Piedras library system. For them, the support from De Pueblo a Pueblo demonstrates the Bloomington community’s commitment and solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico.