Information resources about Haiti

Written by Jon Ritterbush, Electronic Resources Librarian

On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, a powerful earthquake struck Haiti, centered about 10 miles west of the capital of Port-au-Prince.

Additional information resources

For additional background on the economic and political conditions in Haiti, please see the following library online resources:

The Census Bureau has numerous resources providing demographic and socioeconomic information not only on Haitians living in the United States, but on Haiti itself, posted at:

Google Earth Library has posted a page containing links to maps and GIS data related to this earthquake at:

How you can help

A number of international agencies are currently engaged in relief operations in Haiti.   If you would like to contribute financially to these efforts, please consider these organizations:

  • American Red Cross
    To donate, go to You also can text “Haiti” to 90999 to donate $10 to the International Response Fund. The money will go directly to relief efforts in Haiti. Or call 1-800-Red-Cross.
  • U.S. Fund for UNICEF
    To donate, go to or 1-800-4-UNICEF.

Additional relief agencies are listed on this CNN webpage.