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The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer

Join us for a special National Preservation Week book club as we read the fascinating true story of The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer. Haidara, a mild-mannered archivist from the legendary city of Timbuktu, became one of the world’s greatest smugglers by saving the texts from sure destruction. With bravery and patience, Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak all 350,000 volumes out of the city to safety.

Book club will begin with a short presentation on preservation, followed by a discussion of the book.

WashU Libraries Virtual Book Club

The Washington University Libraries virtual book club is an opportunity to read and discuss a book with others. Themes and related materials are also highlighted from special and unique collections. The virtual book club is open to all.