Books for Mosul Campaign

Posted on March 6, 2018 by

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:

  • 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.


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 or call 612-547-9971.





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