Jesús Alonso-Regalado, SUNY Albany, recently traveled to Havana, Cuba for a book-buying trip. He shares details of this experience below.

“I have always wanted to visit Cuba for an acquisitions trip. Cuban books are not easy to buy from the United States. Libraries typically have to establish relations with vendors from other countries that supply Cuban books. For these vendors, the whole bureaucratic process of dealing with Cuban books can be extremely complex. Because of this, Cuban books acquired from the United States can be expensive and hard to find. U.S. librarians greatly appreciate the valuable contributions of these vendors facilitating the acquisitions of Cuban materials. Ideally, a combined effort of acquisitions via vendors and buying trips are key to creating robust Cuban collections.”

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Photo provided by Jesús Alonso-Regalado