Since our founding in August 2013, Cuba Libro has initiated and grown donation programs throughout Havana; in 2016, we expanded these programs to other provinces and are continually meeting with possible collaborators and conducting outreach to identify new recipients. We're very proud of our donation strategy - based on distributing the most needed items to the most vulnerable - and are constantly evolving so that we can identify and reach the underserved both in our immediate community and beyond.

In addition to our material and financial support for different projects and populations, we have gifted nearly 18,000 condoms as part of our commitment to public health and safer sex. At the bottom of this page you'll find a list of books and magazines our community has come to us seeking - feel free to bring down a couple or three on your next trip. 

Are you coming to Cuba? Want to support our community programming? There are many ways to do so - drop us a line and we can give you some options. 

Primary School Donation
Distributing books at Tomas Romay Primary School
REceiving donations
Receiving donations from Boston youth at Cuba Libro, 2018
Rural School, Guira, 2018
Rural School donation, Guira, 2018
Escuela Rural, Guira, 2018
Frisbees! A big hit in Guira, 2018


In 2018, Cuba Libro made the following donations to the following people and institutions:

Tomás Romay Chacón Elementary School (Vedado) – materials, books in English, pen pal project with public school in Arizona

Rural Primary School, La Güira (Artemisa)

Rural Primary School and family doctor’s office, Paso Real (Pinar del Rio)

Playa Caletones settlement (Holgüin)

CDR #8, Quivicán (Mayabeque)

Prisoners, Combinado del Este

Department of Neurosurgery and ICU, Calixto García Hospital (Vedado)

Guanabacoa Orphanage

Uterine, thyroid and pancreatic cancer patients

High risk pregnant women and new moms

Consultorios #9 & #10, Playa

Animal Health Clinic, Quinta de los Molinos

Centro Memorial Martin Luther King & Ebenezer Baptist Church (Marianao)

El Rincón del Cristo, Finca Agroecológica (Guanabacoa)

Dog Protectors, Necrópolis Cristóbal Colón

Nursery School, Paso Quemado (Pinar del Río)

Hogares de Ancianos, Quivicán (Mayabeque)

Guanabacoa Orphanage donation
Smiles! At Guanabacoa orphanage donation day.
volunteer and donation el rincon del cirsto
Volunteer clean up and donations, El Rincon del Cristo, 2018
Volunteer trail clean up & donation
Volunteer and donation day, El Rincon del Cristo, 2018
Prenatal vitamin recipients
Mama D & Lucas, recipients of prenatal vitamins, 2018


In 2016 and 2017, we made material and financial (through our federally-registered 501c3 organization Friends of Cuba Libro) donations to the following entities:

Alas Skate Corps. (Independent media)

Centro Memorial Martin Luther King, Jr, Marianao

Combinado de INDER, 23 y B, Vedado

Consultorios Médico de Familia #9 & #10, Playa

Cooperativa Jesús Menéndez, Artemisa

Cotorro Animal Rescue

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

Department of Primary School Methodology (Havana Province)

Dora Alonso School for Autistic Children

Duo Jade (Independent media)

Escuela de Inglés, Plaza

Escuela de Secundaria Básica, Rebelión de Vegueros, Boyeros

Escuela Primaria La Ceiba del Agua (Artemisa)

Escuela Primaria Tomás Romay Chacón, Vedado

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

Federación de Mujeres Cubanas, Bloque 6, Plaza

Festival ProElectrónica (Independent media)

Habana Vieja Government Musical Repair Shop

Hospital San José de Las Lajas, Mayabeque

Hurricane Irma victims in Júcaro and Chambas (Ciego de Ávila)

I.A. (Independent media)

Iglesia Ebenezer

La Liga Echeverría Baseball Club

Los Cercanos Dias del Amor (Independent documentary)

Oficina de Correo, Habana 6, Plaza  

Oficina de Trabajo, Playa

Prisoners of Combinado del Este Prison

Sexto Congreso Housing Shelter

Therapeutic Clowns of Cuba

William Soler Pediatric Oncology Ward


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:

  • Becoming, Michelle Obama
  • It, Stephen King
  • Cuba Hot & Cold, Tom Miller
  • Havana Noir, Achy Obejas
  • Fire & Fury, Michael Gross
  • Cubanissimo, Cristina Garcia (ed)
  • Kill ‘Em and Leave, James McBride
  • Beartown, Fredrich Bachman
  • A Man Called Ove, Fredrich Bachman
  • Night, Elie Weisel
  • The Last Day of Our Fathers, Joel Dicker
  • Absalom, Absalom, William Faulkner
  • The Psychoanalysis of Fire, Gaston Bacelard
  • The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir
  • Pale Fire, Nabokov
  • Saved by the Sea, David Helvarg
  • True Grit, Charles Portis
  • Train Dreams, Denis Johnson
  • The White and the Black, Harold Pintner
  • Cuban Revolution in America, Teishan Latner
  • Anything by Thomas Pynchon
  • American Gods, Neil Gaiman
  • The Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Mark Manson
  • To Have and Have Another, Philip Greene
  • Havana Without Makeup, Herman Portocarero
  • 300 Reasons to Love Havana, Heidi Hollinger
  • Cuba in Mind, Maria Finn Dominguez
  • The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals that Protect Us from Violence, Gavin de Becker
  • Anything by John McPhee
  • Anything by Henry Miller
  • Anything by Anais Nin
  • Anything by David Rowe (these following are all renowned caricaturists and are requested by Cuban artist and Cuba Libro collaborator Brady)
  • Anything by Steve Brodner
  • Anything by Kevin Kallaugher
  • Anything by Anita Kuhn
  • Anything by Graeme Mackay
  • Anything by Rob Dunlavey
  • Anything by Steve Breen
  • Anything by Tom Fluharty
  • The Kon-Tiki Expedition, Thor Heyerdahl
  • A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Rebecca Solnit
  • Wanderlust: A History of Walking, Rebecca Solnit
  • Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit
  • The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy,
  • Lonely Planet, Cuba
  • 500 Hidden Secrets in Havana
  • The Education of an Architect, John Hejduk
  • José Marti: Cuban Apostole: A Dialogue (2013), Cintio Vitier & Daisaku Ikeda
  • Anything by José Martí
  • This Wheel’s on Fire, Levon Helm
  • 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
  • Black Hole, Charles Burus
  • The Complete Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
  • 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
  • Negroes with Guns, Robert Williams
  • A Contemporary Cuba Reader, Philip Brenner et al, eds
  • Cuba: A New History, Richard Gott
  • Anything by Charles Bukowski (especially Women and Factotum)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Havana is a Really Big City, Sarah Cooper, ed
  • Disconnect, Nancy Alonso
  • Ophelias, Aida Bahr
  • A Corner of the World, Mylene Fernández Pintado
  • The Beautiful and the Damned, F Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
  • 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
  • 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
  • Anything by  Paco Ignacio Taibo II (especially his non fiction; in English, please)
  • Underworld, Don Della
  • Mao II, Don Delillo
  • Great Jones Street, Don Delillo
  • White Noise, Don Deliro
  • 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


MAGAZINES - we can also receive subscriptions by snail mail; ask us how!

  • Architectural Digest
  • Art in America
  • Avaunt
  • Clay (for a young, ceramic artist specializing in Raiku)
  • Cooks Illustrated
  • Downbeat
  • Dwell
  • Funambulist
  • The Gentlewoman
  • Good
  • Guitar World
  • Happy Reader
  • Hip Hop mags – don’t know what specific titles exist
  • Home décor magazines (many designers and people buying/selling homes here are asking us for these)
  • Holiday Magazine
  • Kinfolk
  • McSweeneys
  • Monocle
  • Outside
  • Rock climbing mags – don’t know what specific titles exist
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Tin House
  • Wired