On 12 March 2018, the first consignment of books arrived at Mosul University Library courtesy of Book Aid International. More information can be found in their press release.
On 26 April 2018, Mosul University Library celebrated the receipt of equipment donated by People in Need and the Faculty of Arts at Charles University (Czech Republic). Their efforts raised 282 078Kč (around 10,000 GBP).
In July, the director of Mosul University Libraries, Mr Mohammed Jasim Aal-Hajiahmed, visited the UK to meet with partners. He spoke with Dr Mehiyar Kathem from University College London about national and international efforts to rehabilitate the libraries of the University of Mosul. Listen here.
Book Aid International published a blog featuring "the man rebuilding Mosul's libraries," namely our own Dr. Alaa Hamdon.
Scotland's national newspaper published a piece authored by Alice Konig and Kate Walker advocating education as central to peace and reconciliation in Mosul. Read it here.
The University of St. Andrews and the University of Edinburgh are running library fines donation days in their respective libraries to help Book Aid International raise funds for more Mosul shipments. Both universities run regular fines donation days for Book Aid International, and they have agreed to highlight the Mosul Book Bridge campaign specifically this year. More universities would be most welcome to join in!