The Library of Alexandria
The most famous among all ancient and medieval libraries was the
Library of Alexandria. Not only was it the largest in all
antiquity, but also it was associated with scientific research
and was frequented by scholars from all over the Mediterranean.
Even after its disappearance since 1600 years ago, it continues
to survive in the memory of all scholars to this day.
The ancient Library of Alexandria was an amazing intellectual
adventure that promoted knowledge and openness to the other, and
for seven centuries was a beacon of learning and science.
The new Library of Alexandria is a truly very beautiful
building. It is located on a superb site on the historic eastern
harbor of Alexandria, almost exactly where the old library and
the royal palace of the Ptolemies once stood. The complex
comprises three main elements: the pre-existing conference
center, the new planetarium and the new building. They are all
connected underground below the plaza into one large functional
Library consists of:
- The Main Library (It is a Universal Library designed to serve
the public and researchers. The Library collection is displayed
over 7 levels from the Roots of Knowledge to the New
- The Taha Hussein Library (It is a facility to open doors to
the blind and visually impaired. All that appears on a computer
screen can be read in Braille or heard using a special program.
- The Young People Library
- The Children Library
- The Multimedia Library.
- The Microfilm Reading Room.
- The Manuscripts Reading Room.
- The Rare Books Reading Room.