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Address: El Shatby, Alexandria 30100, Egypt
Phone Number: 2034203020
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Located near the site of the ancient library of Alexandria, this modern...

Located near the site of the ancient library of Alexandria, this modern version is an eleven-story, cylindrical-shaped building that houses more than eight million books. A re-imagining of Alexandria's ancient Great Library, this gorgeously designed cultural center contains a host of museums as well as one of the modern world's most ambitious libraries. Its architecture - a giant sun disk - presides over the waterfront Corniche, while inside, a huge reading room can hold eight million volumes. Below themain library, visitors can explore a range of beautifully curated exhibitions. TheManuscript Museum with its magnificent collection of ancient texts and scrolls and the Antiquities Museum with its Graeco-Roman antiquities and statuary found during underwater exploration in the harbor are the two prime attractions. But there are also rotating art exhibitions, a permanent Egyptian folk art collection, and a Science Museum and Planetarium that are aimed squarely at children.

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Not worth the visit, but an amazing Library.

The Library is beautiful, but it is not worth a visit unless you are really into libraries. That is all that it is, a beautiful library.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Victoria B
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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Library is beautiful, but it is not worth a visit unless you are really into libraries. That is all that it is, a beautiful library.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

With a visitor's entrance fee of EGP70, it is still an excellent place to spend time although worth confirming the opening times before arriving. A massive building, alongside the Corniche, has a quiet and serene atmosphere where one can spend hours and more just perusing the books, studying, researching and wandering around the interior. The building's structure is superb and... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The new library is amazing - I would recommend taking one of the excellent tours to get the most out of your visit. The permanent collections are wonderful and it was nice for us to see some modern Egyptian art. In saying that it was quite pricey for what it was and you could end up having to pay for... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A must see in Alexandria. Very impressive. One must take the guided tour. It explains everything very well. One does it and then you can go around on your own. Lots of valuable things to be seen.

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Thank HFD K
Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A blast from the past in a very modern set-up, a unique merge between History and future. Alexandria Bibliotheca also contains a set of museums of different aspects. I took my family with me and we all enjoyed the visit.

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Thank Maged49
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

how many books they have , i am 4m alexandria already and every time i want to make a research i have to go there .

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1 Thank Soha E
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The library is very rich with the books and in each domains , second time to visit it , and they really try something new each time , good interpretation

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Liverpool, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Library consists of a large open space 20,000 sq metres (over 200,000 sq feet) and can shelve up to 8 million books. The library has 3 of the 60 book printing machines which can print complete books (in minutes). And very fast book digitisers (which can read and digitise books). The space is amazing, architecturally build to let light... More 

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Alexandria, Egypt
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You aren't allowed to take any books in there, but you're allowed to take a notebook and your pencil case. You're also allowed to take your personal items but yiu aren't allowed to take your bag in. It's a good place to do research although most books are outdated. It has an interesting design and it's very quiet. Suitable for... More 

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Alexandria, Egypt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The new bibliotheca is a fantastic place where culture and history and modern knowledge are in one place. The library is very huge and there are books from every where and there is the doom

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