San Francisco, January 6, 2006 — The Asia Foundation and the National Library of Vietnam recently participated in a public signing ceremony, commemorating a new three-year agreement between the two institutions to continue the Books for Asia program in Vietnam. This agreement further consolidates the strong partnership between the Foundation and the National Library since 1993.
Over the past five years, the Foundation has provided approximately 160,000 volumes to more than one hundred Vietnamese institutions throughout the country. The program’s high-quality educational materials contribute to human resource development, support Vietnam’s goal of global and regional integration, and add significantly to the country’s economic growth and educational resources.
Under the new agreement, the Foundation will provide an additional 120,000 books to Vietnamese libraries in the next three years, covering international shipping costs, and contributing to local handling and distribution costs valued at $4.5 million. In turn, the National Library will continue to contribute storage and a reading room for Books for Asia selections in its facilities in Hanoi, and ensure that the eight provincial reading rooms established under the previous agreement (i.e., at public provincial libraries in Hanoi, Ha Tay, Phu Tho, Thua Thien-Hue, Da Nang, Khanh Hoa, Can Tho, and Ho Chi Minh City) will continue to exhibit the books, and provide public access to computers, all donated to the National Library by The Asia Foundation.