The OAH Book Bridge Program springs directly from our mission of promoting excellence in the scholarship, teaching, and presentation of American history. Each year, we encourage conference exhibitors to donate display copies of their books to public libraries, community colleges, and universities across the country through our Book Bridge Program, thus making the most relevant and recent U.S. history scholarship more widely accessible to so many.

We are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2024 Book Bridge Program donation is Loyola-Rayburn!

Loyola University New Orleans offers for-credit, in-person classes to approximately 40 students at Rayburn Correctional Center in Angie, Louisiana. The university strives to bring the full Loyola experience to the prison, including library resources and information literacy. Loyola faculty from the Monroe Library and other departments have been working to expand the academic offerings in Rayburn’s on-site library. The library currently has a robust popular lending and reference library, but Loyola hopes to increase more scholarly and academic holdings that will allow Loyola-Rayburn students to use their own library for their course assignments and further study. Donations from the OAH Bridge Program are a welcome contribution to these efforts.

Past recipients have included:

Southern California Library, Los Angeles, California

Adams Public Library, Central Falls, RI

City College of San Francisco Library, San Francisco, CA

DC Public Library, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library at San José State University, San José, CA

Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Gordon State College Department of History, Barnesville, GA

Howard University Libraries, Washington, D.C.

Lone Star College-North Harris Library, Houston, TX

Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners, New Orleans, LA

Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee, WI

New Orleans Public Library, New Orleans, LA

North Seattle College Library, Seattle, WA

Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library, Boston, MA

Rondo Community Library, Saint Paul Public Library, St. Paul, Minnesota

Rural Library Project, Atlanta, GA

Sacramento State University Library, Sacramento, CA

Santa Clara University Library, Santa Clara, CA

Southern California Library, Los Angeles, CA

St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, MO

Ursula C. Schwerin Library – City Tech Library, New York City College of Technology, City University of New York, Brooklyn, NY

Over the years we have received wonderful feedback from deserving program recipients, and with many non-profits and community libraries currently facing more difficult budget restraints, we feel this is not only a worthwhile endeavor, but an important extension of our overall mission. We couldn’t make this program happen without the help of our generous participating exhibitors, some of whom have donated books every year, as well as the many individuals who have advised and supported the Book Bridge Program over the last two decades. We look forward to carrying this rewarding experience forward in the spring!