University of Texas at Arlington

Help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey

UTA is a community that cares


Almost one dozen libraries in DFW are banding together to help our neighbors impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Here are a few ways in which you can help too.


The academic and public libraries listed below are sponsoring a drive to collect books and board/card games to give to those displaced who are currently residing in shelters.

We invite community members to drop off new and gently used books for all age groups and new and gently used board/card games at donation boxes in the following libraries:

We hope this list will continue to grow.

Thanks to these libraries for donating books to this effort:


For those who want to help in a creative, hands-on way, some libraries will host events where community members can make no-sew fleece blankets. These blankets will be donated to shelters housing evacuees and maybe given to children, adults, and even family pets. We hope these will bring comfort to our neighbors while they reside in shelters. We are currently in need of volunteers to put together these blankets and to donate materials (fleece or flannel fabric) to support these efforts.

Where can I make blankets or donate materials for blanket making?

If you would like to volunteer, or if you represent a Library and would like to help, or have any questions, please contact Rebecca Bichel at UTA Libraries at 817-272-1413 or We also welcome community groups, such as Girl Scout or Boy Scout troops, who could volunteer time to make blankets or would sponsor a session.


Other Ways to Help


In the News

UTA is a community that cares

According to the Anna-Melissa Tribune, 59 fleece blankets were tied for Hurricane Harvey evacuees in the Melissa Public Library on Saturday, September 16. Citizens of Melissa and Anna participated in "Texas Strong: DFW Libraries for Harvey Relief," gathering over 45 boxes for adults, teens, and children. See more photos.