Collecting 15,000 books now through May 15, 2018
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:
- 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.
Twin Cities drop off locations:
Global Studies Department, University of Minnesota
214 Social Sciences Building
267 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455
IARP Office, Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10:00am-12:00pm
2021 E. Hennepin Ave, Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Donations to the Books for Mosul shipping and handling costs can be made here.
For additional drop off times and more information, contact email@example.com or call 612-547-9971.
One book, one gift, at a time…
IARP is collecting books and donations to cover shipping costs to help with the restocking of the destroyed university library in Mosul, Iraq. The library at the University of Mosul, among the finest in the Middle East, once had a hundreds of thousands of books, historic maps, and old manuscripts. During the occupation of Mosul, which began in June 2014, Islamic State members burned the city’s central university library. Once a treasure trove of Unesco-registered rare books, the central library of the University of Mosul is now full of ash. East Mosul is liberated from the Islamic State control and fighting in the western bank continues. The university is preparing to rebuild. Will you help?
We are raising funds to cover shipping costs. Donate here.
GOOD QUALITY Books in any language and of any genre are welcomed. We want to be a part of creating a credible resource center at one of the Middle East’s most important universities. The collection bins in the Twin Cities are located at the following drop off sites:
1. IARP office (416 E Hennepin Ave Suite 116, Minneapolis, 55414), Mondays and Wednesdays 1:30- 4:00pm.
2. Other drop off sites to be announced.
If so inclined, please consider making a financial donation here to help with shipping costs. If you want to set up a collection bin in your community please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more about the destruction of the library here.
IARP would like to show appreciation to all who have supported the window winterization project in Mosul. Working in partnership with the Critical Needs Support Foundation, IARP has been able to fund the winterization of 10 family homes. This project is focused on the Alkhadraa neighborhood which was liberated from ISIS in October of 2016. During the conflict, many homes and apartments suffered damage. In order to help these families prepare for the cold winter months, CNSF is sealing windows with heavy plastic. This simple service allows families to remain in their homes despite cold winter winds.
CNSF is an Iraqi non-governmental organization aimed at providing support to those impacted by the ongoing war with ISIS. CNSF also helps the people of Iraq through projects such as medical assistance, orphan support, and emergency relief. For more information on their projects, visit the CNSF website.
To help support other humanitarian projects, visit the Humanitarian Projects for Peace page.
IARP has been grateful to partner with the Critical Needs Support Foundation (CNSF) on a Humanitarian Project for Peace to bring hygiene kits and sanitation products to IDP’s in Iraq. The recent kits were for the people of Mosul who have fled from IS (Daesh). The CNSF team are working tirelessly on the ground to identify and respond to those in need.
The most recent distribution consisted of:
68 hygiene kits in Al Haj Ali Village, south of Mosul, Ninewa Province
60 hygiene kits in Hamam Al Alil, south of Mosul near Al Qayyarah, Ninewa Province
270 Dignity Baskets in Alkhazer Camp, for displaced Iraqis feeling from Mosul (this distribution was funded in part by IARP and other humanitarian organizations).
The Dignity Baskets contained feminine hygiene products. The Hygiene Kits distributed in the villages each contained:
1x baby shampoo
1x lice shampoo
1x feminine hygiene kit
1x sponge pack for dish-washing
1x dish-washing liquid
1x plastic box
Here is a note from our partners at CNSF:
“Again, we thank you so much for your incredible support. You have helped us reduce risks to people’s health in a very simple but effective way. Disease can spread quickly, making an already difficult situation even more so. Most importantly, you are helping us protect their dignity.”