The University Library collected unpaid library fines on Wednesday 13 November in order to donate proceedings to Book Aid International’s campaign for the Mosul University Library.
The fines will contribute to the work of restoring resources to the university in Iraq, which once contained an abundance of books.
Speaking of their involvement, the University of St Andrews Library said, “The University of St Andrews Library is proud to contribute to two charity campaigns each year through fine donation days.”
“As well as supporting RAG Week’s student-selected charities, the Library donates to Book Aid International.”
They continued, “Over the past couple of years Book Aid International has been working on their Mosul University Library campaign.”
“Once housing over a million books, Mosul University Library was one of the largest in the Middle East but was burned to the ground in the reign of terror in the region.”
Mosul University was temporarily closed and ransacked by ISIS during their capture of the city.
The return of students after Mosul was liberated has not been without difficulty, with the loss of many valuable publications, and since, efforts by Book Aid International have concerned the sourcing and redistribution of books to it.
They aim to deliver 50,000 books inthe course of the next five years and expect this to cost £100,000.
Fines that amount to £2 will beused by the organisation in exchange for one book to the campaign.
This is not the first year in which the University has taken part in the movement; last year, the donation offines was broadcasted on BBC.
The University Library said,“Book Aid International has been working towards rebuilding this library book by book and through the donation of their fines, St Andrews students and staff have been able to help towards the efforts of Book Aid International’s activities for around seven years.”