Member Blogs > Books Tell You WhyLibraries & Special Collections: Saving Timbuktu's Manuscripts

  • Fri, 17 Jul 2015 08:00:00    Permalink

    Ancient manuscripts are delicate things. They can be burned, eaten by insects, or destroyed by water. Once lost, their content is lost forever. Their irreplaceability is what makes them valuable. The manuscripts of Timbuktu in the West African nation of Mali were recently saved from total destruction by a quick-thinking librarian and a vast network of volunteers ready to sacrifice everything to save their history.

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