Books for Mosul - Restocking the University of Mosul Library

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Once a major center of learning in the Middle East, the library at the University of Mosul was destroyed by ISIS when they occupied the city in June 2014. The militants methodically burned nearly all of the one million books, manuscripts, and historic maps saving only a few chemistry textbooks that they used to build crude explosives. The rest were considered “blasphemous.” One of the finest libraries in the Middle East was burned to the ground.

The Iraqi-American Reconciliation Project (IARP) is holding a book drive for Mosul to restore the library as a credible resource center at one of the Middle East’s most important universities. Community members can donate books or funds for shipping and handling costs.  

IARP is coordinating the book drive in conjunction with Omar Mohammed, the historian and blogger behind Mosul Eye, who chronicled life under ISIS rule until he had to flee Iraq. He’s now trying to coordinate a cultural rebirth in Mosul, beginning with the library.  

IARP’s goal is to collect 15,000 books to help restock the shelves of the University of Mosul library and $15,000 to pay for shipping and handling costs.

IARP is collecting GOOD QUALITY university-level books in English and Arabic in the following subjects:

-       Engineering

-       Mathematics

-       Humanities (history, art, music, literature, classics, etc.)

-       Medical school texts and references

-       References (encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.)


Books can be sent to:

2021 E. Hennepin Ave, Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55413.


Drop off locations:

Global Studies Department, University of Minnesota
214 Social Sciences Building
267 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455


IARP Office
2021 E. Hennepin Ave, Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10:00am-12:00pm) 

For additional drop off times and more information, contact [email protected] or call (612) 547-9971.


Read about rebuilding the library in the New Yorker here:

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