“A Book Never Dies”: The American Library Association and the Cultural Reconstruction of Czechoslovak and Polish Libraries, 1945–1948

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The American Library Association (ALA)'s role in the postwar cultural reconstruction of East Central European countries such as Czechoslovakia and Poland has not been widely studied. The paper contributes to a better understanding of American cultural influence in that part of Europe by examining the ALA's efforts of sharing the works of American culture and science with war-devastated libraries in the context of war losses suffered by Czechoslovak and Polish libraries and a rising tide of totalitarianism in Eastern Europe. Particular attention is given to individual requests for books and periodicals as they offer a firsthand account of the war devastation and an insight into various needs of Czechoslovak and Polish libraries in early postwar years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-34
Number of pages16
JournalLibrary and Information History
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2017



  • American Book Center
  • American Library Association
  • Czechoslovakia
  • Poland
  • libraries
  • reconstruction
  • war losses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History and Philosophy of Science

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