The Independent reports on a devastating fire in Moscow at the INION (Academic Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences). The fire is contained, but caused severe damage to the building housing the 14.2-million volume collection.
Fire also destroyed books in Mosul. Books from the city’s Central Library have been carted away in trucks to a fiery death; and a University of Mosul library book bonfire at the hands of the Islamic State does not bode well for recorded history in Iraq these days. Ctvnews.ca reports.