Bibliotheca Alexandrina
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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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HH2801
Somerset, UK328 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
As of May visitors must buy tickets from the ticket office from 09.00 in order to visit. There are 200 available tickets (per day?) and 100 for library members. Much of the library is taped off and many of the books have been removed but it remains a breathtaking place to visit if only to witness the sheer scale of the building. It would have been nice to see the old printing presses that were on display but I was told that this area was prohibited ‘due to coronavirus’ but with some areas of the library accessible it was not clear why that section was out of bounds particularly with reduced numbers. Lovely gift shop with an interesting selection of books. Tickets are 70 pp (non Egyptian rate)
Written July 5, 2021
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fiona h
Sydney, Australia117 contributions
Oct 2019
This place is visually exciting and also a treasure trove of artefacts and history which is all accessible on their incredible computers. Downstairs you can pay a small fee to enter the museum section but well worth it. We only had a short tour but we really wanted to stay longer to research more of what's available.
Written February 25, 2020
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MN_Walkers
Minneapolis, MN497 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
It’s a large, modern library but the main reading room is spectacular. It consists of about 11 levels terraced like steps under a paneled glass ceiling that results in a beautiful, light, airy environment. It really is impressive. Below there is a small museum about clothing worn in the different areas of Egypt and a museum of the life and accomplishments of President Anwar Sadat. There are a host of specialized exhibits, collections and research resources, including a planetarium. The entrance fee to the main library, including the clothing and Sadat museums, is 70 EGP for a non-Egyptian tourist.
Written January 19, 2020
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RodHarris
Melbourne, Australia32 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is not a replacement of the ancient library lost to antiquity but a new modern and stunning building combining a library with a magnificent collection of archeological finds from ancient Alexandria in a museum setting. Tickets are available in the street behind the library (the side away from the port) and give access to the museum and the library. This is a “must visit” if you are in Alexandria, which is a must visit if you are in Egypt
Written January 18, 2020
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,471 contributions
Feb 2020
Bibliotheca Alexandrina is more than a library! Opened in 2002, here is a cultural complex that also includes a planetarium, four museums, art galleries for temporary and permanent exhibitions, specialized museums, and a manuscript restoration laboratory. The library has shelf space for eight million books! The main structure is a contemporary granite building, circular in design and covered in carvings done by local artists. The library offers guided tours, but since we had our own guide with us, we opted to just peek inside. It was very crowded the day we visited because the schools were on holiday. By the way, you’ll have a great view of the Citadel from here (and remember to look for Bibliotheca Alexandrina when you’re at the Citadel).
Written May 7, 2020
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Nardin
Temecula, CA24 contributions
Jun 2019
Came here to discover and spend a day at the library. There are many things to do, so many books and resources as well as quiet areas. I believe there are also tours. However, take note - children under 4 years old are not allowed inside the library and they are strict on this.
Written April 1, 2020
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Kazi Y
Dhaka City, Bangladesh131 contributions
Feb 2020
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina or Library of Alexandria is a major library and cultural center located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. Construction work began in 1995 and, total spend is some US$220 million & was officially inaugurated on 16 October 2002. The library has shelf space for eight million books, with the main reading room covering 20,000 square metres . The complex also houses a conference center; specialized libraries for maps, multimedia, the blind and visually impaired, young people, and for children; four museums; four art galleries for temporary exhibitions; 15 permanent exhibitions; a planetarium; and a manuscript restoration laboratory.You can not take any book out outside of the library but can spend hours browsing the very wide range of books available.
Written March 20, 2020
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Kazi Y
Dhaka City, Bangladesh131 contributions
Feb 2020
It is a major library and cultural center located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. Construction work began in 1995 and, total spend is some US$220 million & was officially inaugurated on 16 October 2002. The library has shelf space for eight million books, with the main reading room covering 20,000 square metres . The complex also houses a conference center; specialized libraries for maps, multimedia, the blind and visually impaired, young people, and for children; four museums; four art galleries for temporary exhibitions; 15 permanent exhibitions; a planetarium; and a manuscript restoration laboratory.You can not take any book out outside of the library but can spend hours browsing the very wide range of books available.
Written March 20, 2020
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Kim G
Toronto, Canada1,287 contributions
Jun 2019
We spent several hours at the library starting first with the tour. The guide was very informative and explained the history of the museum and showed us some of the highlights.

There are several exhibits located within the library - some that change and others that are permanent. Some require an additional fee. But they cover art, history, technology and more.

It is a wonderful, peaceful place to visit. A must when in Alexandria.
Written May 1, 2020
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Ron W
Cedar City, UT172 contributions
Mar 2020
Alexandria Library, the Library of Alexandria (Bibliotheca Alexandrina) is a tribute to the old library that burned and was once the largest library of the ancient world. The new library is huge and modern, with multi-tiered levels inside. The library also contains an Arts Center and Art Exhibitions and Collections Department, that is a haven for art lovers and a major disseminator of culture in the Egyptian society. Finally, the library also houses four major museums: the Sadat Museum (dedicated to the memory of the late President Sadat), the Antiquities Museum, the Manuscripts Museum, and the History of Science Museum. Some of these museums are not covered in your ticket cost. However, you can catch a free tour with a knowledgeable tour guide.

Cost: EGP 70
Weather: The weather in February was perfect – not hot, but no jacket required.
Toilets: toilets are available
Caution: none
NOTE: Street vendors all accept U.S. Dollars. Be sure to haggle the price down before buying anything.
Written March 29, 2020
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