Hanoi, September 26, 2012 — Today, The Asia Foundation signed an agreement with the National Library of Vietnam to extend the Books for Asia program through 2015. During the new three-year project period, the Foundation will donate an additional 120,000 English-language books for teaching and research purposes to more than 160 Vietnamese libraries, universities and research institutions with an in-kind value of US $5,804,400.
As the Foundation’s long term partner, the National Library will expand its collection of English-language books, provide public access to these books, and cooperate with the Foundation in distributing books to other Vietnamese institutions across the country. The Foundation is committed to cover the costs of international ocean freight for shipping these books to Vietnam, with the National Library and the recipient institutions contributing all in-country costs associated to receiving and distribution of the donated books. Since 2000, the Foundation’s Books for Asia program has distributed more than 400,000 books valued at US $15,000,000 to Vietnamese educational and research institutions. These books are donated by some of the world’s leading publishers including McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons, Harvard Business Group, Oxford University Press, W.W. Norton & Company, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, and Scholastic.
In her remarks at the signing ceremony, Director of the National Library Mdme Phan thi Kim Dzungnoted: “We are very pleased to be a partner of The Asia Foundation in this worthwhile effort to bring tremendous teaching and research resources to Vietnamese libraries across the country that would have been impossible for them to secure otherwise given the high cost of English-language acquisitions.” On behalf of the Vietnamese recipient institutions present at the signing ceremony today, Mr. Phung Duy Tinh, Director of the Center for Information and Library of Thang Long University, emphasized the importance of the Books for Asia program by noting that those books make up two-thirds of the library’s collection Ms. Hoang Thu Huong, Director of the Center for Information and Library of the Financing and Promoting Technology University shared that Books for Asia books are accessed by teachers to develop their curriculum and well used by students as reference materials.