The IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section, Middle East and North Regional Division, and Local History and Genealogy Section cordially invite you to a webinar on 22 April 2024, 8:00 a.m. EST (14:00 CEST) about insights into the history and challenges of holdings in Iraqi libraries.

Please register for the webinar using the link above. Registration is open up to the start of the webinar.


Faiza Albayati
Dr. Faiza Adeeb Al Bayati, Professor, Al-Mustansiriya University; President of the Iraqi Information, Libraries and Documentation Specialists Association

Dr. Faiza Adeeb Al Bayati will speak about the intervention that deals with the intellectual contents of Mesopotamian libraries, which are among the most famous libraries established during human history, It exposes the contents of the libraries and the science in which valuable books, manuscripts, and millions of volumes of were collected to operations of erasure in horrific ways throughout the ages. The grind of this cultural battle is still taking place today against Iraqi’s culture infrastructure par excellence. There is no doubt that with the advent of the American occupation in 2003, and the accompanying sabotage, looting, and burning of many of the collections and holdings of Iraqi libraries, that landmarks of human civilization carried by Iraq are being obliterated and the cost of preserving the materials are very harsh, but despite this, these institutions rise again.

Dr. Faiza Adeeb Al Bayati is  Professor, Al-Mustansiriya University, Iraq. She worked as a Director of the Library and Informatics Development Division at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Her research interests are libraries, information, and documentation. She is editor-in-chief of  The Iraqi Journal for Information and Documentation Studies and an expert in libraries and information centers at the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.