Adelson Family Foundation Support to USJ Library in the Aftermath of Typhoon Hato in 2017

On August 23, 2017, the devastating typhoon Hato hit Macau leaving an unprecedented trail of destruction. The impact on USJ’s brand new Ilha Verde Campus, just when it was about to open, was very severe. It demonstrated, among other things, that the basement initially allocated to the Library for its deposit was too vulnerable, and that a completely new design was required. Long-term, the USJ Library had been planning to house up to 60,000 volumes: 30,000 permanently accessible in the main reading rooms, and 30,000 less used items in 1,500 meters of shelf space in the basement. After Hato, however, the best solution to compensate for the lost space was to allocate deposit space on the second floor of the Library, use a compact shelf system for the deposit, increase investment in electronic resources, and add a multipurpose room for meetings and library activities. This expensive task, initially thought of as a long-term project, was unexpectedly made possible by the timely and generous support of The Adelson Family Foundation, who spontaneously sought us out days after the Hato disaster, to see how they could help.