Since our founding in August 2013, Cuba Libro has initated donation programs all over Havana and began extending programs to other provinces in 2016. We're very proud of our donation stratgy and reach which are constantly evolving so that we can identify and reach the underserved and most vulnerable both in our immediate community and beoynd. Since opening our doors, we have given away over 13,000 high-quality condoms as part of our commitment to public health and safer sex.

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:

  • Tom Miller, Cuba Hot & Cold
  • Michael Gross, Fire & Fury
  • David Helvarg, Saved by the Sea
  • Harold Pintner, The White and the Black
  • Anything by Tennessee Williams
  • Neil Gaiman, American Gods
  • Mark Manson, The Art of Not Giving a F*ck
  • Philip Greene, To Have and Have Another
  • Herman Portocarero, Havana Without Makeup
  • Heidi Hollinger, 300 Reasons to Love Havana
  • Maria Finn Dominguez, Cuba in Mind
  • Gavin de Becker, The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals that Protect Us from Violence
  • 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
  • Thor Heyerdahl, The Kon-Tiki Expedition
  • Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost
  • Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking
  • Rebecca Solnit, Men Explain Things to Me
  • Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things
  • Lonely Planet, Cuba
  • 500 Hidden Secrets in Havana
  • John Hejduk, The Education of an Architect
  • Cintio Vitier & Daisaku Ikeda José Marti: Cuban Apostole: A Dialogue (2013)
  • Anything by José Martí
  • Levon Helm, This Wheel’s on Fire
  • 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, ed
  • Havana is a Really Big City, Sarah Cooper, ed
  • Disconnect, Nancy Alonso
  • Ophelias, Aida Bahr
  • A Corner of the World, Mylene Fernández Pintado
  • The Old Man and the Sea, E Hemingway
  • The Sun Also Rises, E Hemingway
  • 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
  • Best Women’s Travel Writing, ed by Lavinia Spalding
  • Anything byPaco Ignacio Taibo II (especially his non fiction; in English, please)
  • Underworld, Don Delillo
  • Mao II, Don Delillo
  • Great Jones Street, Don Delillo
  • White Noise, Don Delillo
  • 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