AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXVII, No. 1, Spring 1995


International Effort Directs Unwanted Books
and Journals to Developing Countries

The AIP's Niels Bohr Library welcomes donations of historically significant textbooks and the like, but more up-to-date materials can be put to better use in current research and teaching. Scientists in developing countries experience great difficulty in their work because of the lack of basic library infrastructure. Therefore in 1980 the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste initiated a Book Donation Programme for providing mathematics and physics libraries in developing countries with books, journals and conference proceedings. (An additional scheme, the Equipment Donation Programme, provides laboratories with donated equipment.) In 1986 the Third World Academy of Sciences joined the Donation Programmes with the purpose of expanding them to the fields of Biology and Chemistry.

The Trieste Centre receives donations consisting of fairly recent and complete sets of scientific journals, textbooks and conference proceedings from Europe and the United States, and covers the costs of shipping the material to developing countries. Arrangements can also be made to ship materials directly. More books and journals are always needed, as the number of requests from developing countries is very high; the Centre's mailing list comprises more than 2000 departments in various scientific disciplines.

For more information please contact H.R. Dalafi, ICTP/TWAS Donation Programme, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, PO Box 586, 34100 Trieste, Italy. Phone 0039-40-2240318-329; Fax 0039-40- 22240319; e-mail

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