Sarajevo University Appeal

The Genealogical Society of Ireland is supporting the initiative by Bosnian students and acdemics to restock the Library of the University of Sarajevo which was totally destroyed in 1992 during the Bosnian civil war. The university's library collection was housed in the iconic National Library building which was destroyed by shelling with the loss of over two million items, including thousands of historic manuscripts.

sarajevo library on fire

(Pictured above: the historic Vijecnica building which housed the National & University Library in Sarajevo in flames in August 1992 with the loss of around 2 million volumes, many of which, were rare ancient manuscripts - a huge loss to our shared European archival heritage.)

With the 90th anniversary in 2012 of the destruction of the Public Records Office in Dublin at the start of the Irish Civil War in 1922, we in Ireland must fully appreciate the loss experienced by the Bosnians when their main national cultural institution was engulfed in flames in 1992. Therefore, the Society has developed an initiative in conjunction with the students at Sarajevo and some MEPs to mark these two anniversaries at European Union level.

In the meantime, authors and Publishing Houses are encouraged to donate copies of their academic works in any discipline to the Library of the University of Sarajevo. Ireland's premier academic publisher, Four Courts Press, is supporting this initiative. To view some images of the project headquarters click here.

Individuals around the world are also encouraged to assist with the project by donating any unwanted contemporary academic works in any discipline (in any of the main world languages) to the Library of the University of Sarajevo.  Donations of books should be sent to:

Mrs Fuada Muslic
Senior officer for Publishing
University of Sarajevo
Obala Kulina Bana 7/2
71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina            

NOTA BENE:   Please advise Ms. Muslic when items are put in the mail to her and include details of sender and contents. Telephone Ms. Muslic on +387 3322 1946 or contact her by E-mail on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Please find an example of the documentation required by the Bosnian authorities here.  It's a simple declaration of the contents. Thank You.


If you would like to help with the costs of sending the donated books from Ireland to the University of Sarajevo, please consider donating just €10.00 which will greatly assist the Society with the costs of postage and packing. Your contribution towards the Project will be greatly appreciated by the students at the University of Sarajevo. Thank You.

For further information see the project website: