5th June 2002
Business lecturers at the University of Lincoln in Hull are helping to rebuild the library at the war-torn University of Sarajevo.
Academics based at the Cottingham Road campus have donated 600 text books which will be taken to Sarajevo by the Lions Clubs International on behalf of the charity Book Aid International.
Dr David Pattison, a lecturer in Organisational Behaviour at the University of Lincoln, decided to email his colleagues requesting unwanted text books before he donated his own books to the charity.
And he was amazed when his appeal amassed 600 books on subjects ranging from accountancy and IT to psychology and sociology.
“My intention was to send some old books of mine but I put out a round robin across the university to see if anyone else had any books to give away and the response was tremendous,” said Dr Pattison.
“The university was damaged in the conflict in 1992-5 and the library was completely destroyed – these things take half an hour to destroy and the Bosnians have got no money with which to rebuild it.”
The fact that the books are all in English presents no problems as the vast majority of the teaching at the University of Sarajevo is done in English.
“These text books are worth a lot of money and they’re in very good condition,” said Dr Pattison said. “Academic text books cost from £25 to £30 each, so these books would cost at least £12,000 to buy as new.”
The Lions Clubs International will collect the books and store them until next month when they will be transported to Bosnia-Herzegovina by container lorry.
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