Now universities across the UK are supporting Mosul University’s library by running a Fines Donation Day in their libraries.

Mosul University once boasted one of the largest libraries in the Middle East. It housed more than one million books, periodicals dating back to 1700 CE, government publications from the founding of the modern Iraqi state in 1921 and versions of the Quran from the 19th century.

The library was among the first institutions targeted by IS forces after their occupation of Mosul in 2014. They would later burn it completely, destroying nearly all of its contents and the building’s structure in what UNESCO called “one of the most devastating acts of destruction of library collections in human history.” Following the liberation of Mosul from IS forces, some 50,000 students and university staff returning to the university are struggling to complete their academic work without the books they need.

What remains of the library

We are working closely with the team working to rebuild and restock the library to source brand new, up-to-date books specific to Mosul University’s immediate needs. After months of planning, the first shipment of 3,700 books arrived on 12th March 2018, and another is departing soon.

The first shipment arriving in Mosul

Transport and security challenges mean that the cost of these shipments is very high, which is why we have launched a specific appeal in collaboration with Universities in the UK to raise new funds for this ongoing project.

For every £2 raised Book Aid International can send another book to Mosul University’s Library. Make a real difference to the students, faculty members and researchers in Mosul by supporting our Fines Donation Day.

To find out more about how your University Library can support the next shipment to Mosul University Library, please email Once you have finished your fundraising, there are lots of ways to pay in. 

Not a student or university library but want to support Mosul? Get involved here.

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