Three University Presses Aid in Rebuilding Iraqi Libraries

In late September, Harvard University Press, the MIT Press, and Yale University Press, shipped over 5,700 books to Iraqi libraries from TriLateral, their combined warehouse operation. The presses have partnered with the Sabre Foundation (Humanitarian Aid for the Mind), as part of its Book Donation Program, which has long been a source of educational materials for countries in need. The rebuilding of library collections will help restore the Iraqi higher education system, which has been devastated by military conflict.

The donations will be focused on four libraries: the Iraq National Library and Archive (INLA), and the libraries of Baghdad University, Baghdad Technical University, and Mustansiriya University (Baghdad). The collections were chosen by Iraqi librarians from lists provided by the presses and include titles in a wide range of disciplines.