This program, launched in 2004, contributes to the safeguarding and preservation of books and audiovisual heritage housed at the National Library in Baghdad, which was severely damaged in the war of 2003. Over the course of 11 years, the library has been renovated and rebuilt, and the catalogue has been digitized.
Restorers and computer scientists were given internships at Florence’s National Library, and participated in a workshop on restoring and digitizing material, and developing the website for the National Library of Baghdad.
In addition, a book was written — and later translated into several languages — on the cultural heritage of Iraqi minorities. The skills of Iraqi librarians have since been made available to cultural centers within minority communities in Iraq in order to protect their book heritage.
Between 2014 and 2015, there were various new training courses, in both Italy and in Iraq, for Iraqi archivists on subjects of restoration technology, archival science, cataloging and digitizing.