Since our founding in August 2013, Cuba Libro has initated donation programs all over Havana and began extending programs to other provinces in 2016. We're very proud of our donation stratgy and reach which are constantly evolving so that we can identify and reach the underserved and most vulnerable both in our immediate community and beoynd. In 2016, we made material and financial (through our federally-registered 501c3 organization Friends of Cuba Libro) donations to the following entities:

Federación de Mujeres Cubanas, Bloque 6, Plaza

Oficina de Correo, Habana 6, Plaza

Consultorios Médico de Familia #9 & #10, Playa

Escuela de Secundaria Básica, Rebelión de Vegueros, Boyeros

Escuela Primaria Tomás Romay Chacón, Vedado

Hospital San José de Las Lajas, Mayabeque

Centro Memorial Martin Luther King, Jr, Marianao

Oficina de Trabajo, Playa

Cooperativa Jesús Menéndez, Artemisa

Escuela de Inglés, Plaza

Combinado de INDER, 23 y B, Vedado

Festival ProElectrónica (Independent media)

Duo Jade (Independent media)

Alas Skate Corps. (Independent media)

Family of Raquel Suárez (Home support for people with Parkinson’s)

Cuidadores Voluntarios de Animales de la Ciudad (Cat & dog rescue)

English-language book donation to Tomas Romay Chacon elementary school
Donation to the English-language classroom at Tomas Romay Chacon Elementary School, 2016

















Additionally, almost all of our books are donated, meaning you can touch many lives by giving a book or magazine. We prioritize curation of those books our community comes to us seeking. By stocking these titles/genres/authors, we remain relevant and responsive to our community. If you'd like information on how to send us books or magazines through the mail, please drop us an email. Here are the titles we're currently after:

  • Anything on how to do magic tricks (this for Alfredo, beloved CL Team Member)
  • Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost
  • Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking
  • Lonely Planet, Cuba
  • 500 Hidden Secrets in Havana
  • Issac Asimov, the complete Foundation Series (Foundation, Foundation & Empire, Second Foundation, Foundation’s Edge, The Stars, Like Dust, The Currents of Space, Pebble in the Sky)
  • B&H Photography catalog (free; this for a Cuban photographer and Cuba Libro regular)
  • Cintio Vitier & Daisaku Ikeda José Marti: Cuban Apostole: A Dialogue (2013)
  • Levon Helm, This Wheel’s on Fire
  • The Complete Beatles Songs, Steve Turner (this is hugely popular and a local design collective is anxious to get a copy! We have a copy as reference)
  • Anything by JD Salinger
  • The Daily Show, Jon Stewart et al
  • Silmarillion, JRR Tolkien (for “Cuban Nerd #1” says our regular customer)
  • Black Hole, Charles Burus
  • The Complete Persepolis, Marjane Satmpi
  • Dracula, Mike Mignola
  • Ronin, Frank Miller
  • Batman: Year One, Frank Miller
  • Kingdom Come, Mark Waid & Alex Ross
  • V for Vendetta, Alan Moore
  • Watchmen, Alan Moore
  • Portnoy’s Complaint, Philip Roth
  • Harry Potter 1, 2 and three
  • Negroes with Guns, Robert Williams
  • A Contemporary Cuba Reader, Philip Brenner et al, eds
  • Cuba: A New History, Richard Gott
  • Kenyon Phonetic Dictionary (ENGLISH; for a Uni of Havana student)
  • Any comic books
  • Anything by Charles Bukowski
  • Anything by JR Tolkein
  • Anything by Paul Auster
  • Drown, Junot Diaz
  • The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
  • This is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz
  • The Poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Where the Boys Are, Van Gosse
  • Prose Contribution to the Cuban Revolution, Allen Ginsberg
  • Planet Cuba, Rachel Price
  • Back Channel to Cuba, Peter Kornbluh
  • Listen Yankee!: Why Cuba Matters, Tom Hayden
  • A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn
  • Double Life of Deacon Brody, R.L. Stevenson
  • Time Out Film Guide (2009 or later)
  • Rolling Stone, Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll
  • Anything by Naomi Klein
  • Sartre on Cuba, Sartre
  • Talking to Fidel, Peter Kornbluh
  • World Guide, New Internationalist
  • Adios Muchachos, Daniel Chavarria
  • Jimmy Corrigan, Chris Ware
  • Memorias del Fuego, Eduardo Galeano
  • Cocktail Time in Cuba, Basil Woon
  • Buena Vista in the Club, Geoff Baker
  • What Everyone Should Know about Cuba, Julia Sweig
  • Cuba/Havana Guidebooks
  • Cubana: Contemporary Fiction by Cuban Women, Mirta Yáñez (ed)
  • Open Your Eyes and Soar: Cuban Women Writing Now, Mary G. Berg, ed
  • Havana is a Really Big City, Sarah Cooper, ed
  • Disconnect, Nancy Alonso
  • Ophelias, Aida Bahr
  • A Corner of the World, Mylene Fernández Pintado
  • Islands in the Stream, E Hemingway
  • The Old Man and the Sea, E Hemingway
  • The Sun Also Rises, E Himingway
  • Anything by F Scott Fitzgerald (Cubans love him!)
  • The Man Who Loved Dogs, Leonardo Padura
  • Havana Red, (or Blue or Black) Leonardo Padura
  • Vital Signs, Pedro de Jesus
  • New Short Fiction from Cuba,  J. Loss & E. Whitfield, eds
  • Cuba on the Edge, M. Berg, P. Carmell, &  A. Fountain, eds
  • Cuba: A Traveler’s Literary Companion, A.L. Bardach, ed
  • A Contemporary Cuba Reader, Philip Brenner, ed
  • Cuban Revelations: Behind the Scenes in Havana, Marc Frank
  • Cuban Economic and Social Development: Policy Reforms and Challenges in the 21st Century, Jorge Dominguez, ed
  • Best Women’s Travel Writing, ed by Lavinia Spalding
  • The Way Things Work, David Macaulay
  • Anything byPaco Ignacio Taibo II (especially his non fiction; in English, please)
  • Underworld, Don Delillo
  • Mao II, Don Delillo
  • White Noise, Don Delillo
  • Great Jones Street, Don Delillo
  • Auto/Biographies (of any type; Cubans love them)
  • Cookbooks
we thrive on book donations
Cuba Libro friends, community and staff (and Toby!) receiving a recent book donation