News at Medicine - February 2007 - Books with Wings

Books with Wings
February 27, 2007
Books from Memorial University will soon be traveling to Afghanistan as part of the Books with Wings collaborative project between Canadian medical students and their counterparts in Afghanistan. At Memorial, second-year medical student Dawn Armstrong is the project liaison, and she is already pleased with the donations starting to fill the drop off box in the Health Sciences Library.

“We are looking for books that are less than 10 years old and in very good condition,” she said. “Besides medical books we are looking for books in any health sciences area of study as well as BioMedical Sciences texts.”

Donating books is only one way to help this project. “We need tax deductible donations to help ship the books, which will first go to the central Canadian drop off at the University of Manitoba and then on to Afghanistan. We also need donations to help build bookshelves in Afghanistan, which cost $60 Canadian each.”

Ms. Armstrong is will to collect books anytime until Feb. 28. She can be contacted at

Books with Wings began as the Kabul Medical Library Project, initiated by Dr. Richard Gordon and medical students at the University of Manitoba. Past efforts have resulted in the collection and shipment of over 1700 medical textbooks with an estimated value of over $250,000.