Funded! This project was successfully funded on February 13, 2011.


Books4Vijecnica - collecting books for the war-damaged University Library Vijecnica, collecting books for Bosnia`s students!

The purpose of this project is raising awareness about VIJECNICA - formerly the National University Library building. Our initiative is to re-establish the destroyed book collection of Vijecnica for the University students in Sarajevo! During the four-year long Serb siege of Sarajevo, from 1992 till 1995, Vijecnica was repeatedly shelled by the Yugoslav and afterward by the Serbian army. On the fatal date, the 26th of August 1992, the library building was in flame. Around 80 percent of the book collection, around 2 (two) million publications and more than 6000 valuable rare items and documents as well as the interior of the Library were completely destroyed in the fire. From April to August 1992, in an unforeseen set of events, the Library staff evacuated parts of Library collection to various locations in the city - atomic shelters, basement rooms, university buildings or other cultural centers. Inadequate and "temporary" premises, barely sufficient to accommodate retrieved publications, performed all the tasks of the national library. Not much has changed since then. There have been initiatives in repairing the Library building, though not many have been taken in restoring the book collection. Therefore, we, a group of young enthusiasts from Humanity in Action, started this action. We believe it is important to restore the destroyed book collection and help the students of Sarajevo by providing contemporary books.


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Elma Mahmutovic
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    Thank you!! By pledging four dollars, we will enable you to follow the project in detail by including you in our very special books4vijecnica google group!!

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    Thanks! By pledging 10 dollars, you will receive a postcard directly from Sarajevo thanking you for helping the project realization!!

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    Your name will be put on the donated books indicating that YOU are one of the sponsors of this project! Imagine thousands of Bosnian students reading your name in their books if you donate only 70 dollars!!!!

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    You will get an official thank you note in Bosnia's biggest newspaper and the copy will be sent directly to your home if you donate 200 dollars

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