An Iraqi library destroyed by ISIS in 2014 will be given new life after volunteers Saturday sorted a portion of 8,000 books collected as part of the Books for Mosul campaign. The Mosul University Library stood as one of the largest in Iraq before it was burned to the ground. It housed 100,000 books but lost the majority of its collection, according to Erin Hart with the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project. Volunteers sorted the books at a St. Paul warehouse in search of academic textbooks. Books which don’t fit that criteria were donated to Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent. The Mosul library has been able to recover a few books, but needs plenty more to function as a university again. Hart says the effort is one of the most concrete ways to help assist the city which has been a hotbed for unrest. Volunteers help rebuild a library by sorting books bound for Mosul, Iraq – Twin Cities It's good to see movement in the right direction and rebuilding.