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Association of Libraries and Archives of the Western Ukraine (ALAWU) – a non-for-profit, non-Governmental organization that brings together volunteer libraries, archives and other institutions and organizations professionally involved with the library and archival business, or those that contribute to its development and located in Western Ukraine.



Principles of our work


We significantly influence or control the selection, organization, preservation, and dissemination of information. In a political system grounded in an informed citizenry, we are members of a profession explicitly committed to intellectual freedom and the freedom of access to information. We have a special obligation to ensure the free flow of information and ideas to present and future generations.


•    actively engage and work in partnership with existing audiences and reach out to new and diverse audiences
•    treat everyone equally, with honesty and respect
•    provide and generate accurate information for and with the public
•    support freedom of speech and debate
•    use collections for public benefit – for learning, inspiration and employment

брати активну участь і працювати в партнерстві з існуючої аудиторією і вихід до нових і різних аудиторіях
• ставитися до всіх однаково, з чесністю і повагою
• надавати і генерувати точну інформацію і з громадськістю
• свобода слова підтримки та обговорення
• використання бібліотечних і архівних фондів на благо суспільства – для навчання, натхнення і зайнятості



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Our Projects

There are several projects and programs the ALAWU does and we are inviting all interested individuals and organizations to be involved to the projects.

  • “Awareness the Library” is a campaign for public libraries that can help your team raise awareness and change perceptions about your library, and encourage more community support! We invite public libraries across the state to work with us.
  • “Save The Heritage” is one of the most important for all libraries, archives, museums, art centers and other cultural organizations in Ukraine. According to UNESCO “Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration”. This project includes a complete and thorough analysis of the real state of antiquities, identifying the causes of decay, restoration  and conservation of the books, musical notes, manuscripts and other paper prints.
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ALAWU is helping the libraries and archives located in Western part of Ukraine to restore their book collection and resume important services that were damaged by improper storage and neat.

This support assists the libraries and archives in renewing their local history collection, add to their book collection, and purchase new readers for use by area residents of all ages.


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Book Conservation is an essential component of a comprehensive program to protect and preserve library collections for current and future use by scholars. This exhibit takes a close look at the scientific aspects of conservation and the treatment of collections. We begin with a definition and overview of conservation and explore some modern materials and reproduction techniques from the 20th and 21st centuries that pose special treatment challenges for conservators. .

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“Digitization” is one of the most important fields to save rare books. It’s implies the production of a digital surrogate for a physical object. Obviously, we don’t speak of “digitizing” something that’s already digital. It is the digitized, not the born-digital, artifact that is most important, because the most common kind of digital artifact in library collections today is a digital surrogate for a physical artifact.

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Everyone with an interest in the library, archive, information and knowledge professions is welcome to join ALAWU. Complete the membership application form and take the next step in your career and join the leading body for the library, information and knowledge professions. Develop your skills, build your knowledge and gain professional recognition. Make contacts through networking and get practical support for your career. Find out about the benefits of membership and join as an individual or organization.

There are three types of membership.

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Our Partners

We at ALAWU working hard to spread the culture of Ukraine abroad. Our partners are many local and International charitable funds, organizations, institutions and private companies.

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