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Miller (center) visits one of the schools that received Pitt book donations.

Miller (center) visits one of the schools that received Pitt book donations.

When Pitt librarians heard about the earthquake in China last May, they immediately sent e-mails to Chinese colleagues to find out whether they were safe. Pitt’s University Library System (ULS) regularly collaborates with Chinese libraries through the China Gateway project, which helps Chinese and American scholars exchange research articles and ideas. Although more than 67,000 people died in the earthquake in Sichuan Province, the Pitt librarians’ colleagues there survived. However, many libraries—and the books inside—were destroyed. So ULS director Rush G. Miller and other Pitt librarians held a book drive on Pitt’s campus and then traveled to China this fall with the gifts. They donated more than 2,000 books to four school libraries that were damaged by the quake.

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