According to current reports however the majority of the manuscripts had been spirited away and hidden, and are safe.
The page pictured here is from a history of the Songhai Empire of West Africa, and is from an online exhibit from the Library of Congress. This exhibit would be a good starting point to learn more about the fascinating libraries of Timbuktu. Our newspaper article database of Lexis would be an excellent source for current information about events in Timbuktu and Mali. Other sources we have, such as Historical Abstracts and JSTOR, would be good for journal articles about the region.