We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book In Advance
All photos (1,219)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“amazing library”(27 reviews)
“art galleries”(16 reviews)
“modern library”(35 reviews)
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...more
El Shatby, Alexandria 30100, Egypt
+20 3 4203020
Improve This Listing
Ways to Experience Bibliotheca Alexandrina
from $29.00
More Info
from $132.30
More Info
from $30.00
More Info
from $82.00
More Info
Reviews (1,494)
Filter reviews
993 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews amazing library art galleries modern library conference center free tour reading room guided tour collection of books cultural center alexandria library different languages architectural design amazing place beautiful building great place to visit entrance fee visiting alexandria
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 993 reviews
Reviewed today via mobile

70 pounds for a library. It costs extra to see the old books and manuscript collection. You can walk around the grounds for free which is what I would recommend.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jlmarx89
Reviewed 3 days ago

I had a wonderful time visiting this place.It is the second biggest library of the world after the one in Washington Dc .There is a guided tour that is available in the Library for 2 levels post which you are left on your to explore.You...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank GitanjalliB
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place you have to visit once you hit Alexandria, 1st thing to do is to get your ticket and the tour guide ticket & before you start your tour that take from 50 to 90 minutes is to get the tickets for the palantarium...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank 224mahmoude
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting place, feels like an oasis between all the other buildings in Alexandria. I absolutely recommend the guided tours, right after security check at the entrance, you see the reception for these guided tours.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank elstamo
Reviewed 1 week ago

Built very thoughtfully to be both beautiful and functional, this new library in Alexandria lives up to its reputation,

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank DCharlotteD
Reviewed 1 week ago

Bibliotheca Alexandrina is The most wonderful place all over the world, It is my My permanent refuge for all researches, It is stunning.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ausiliaemad
Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved this place.I think the architecture was fantastic. Really enjoyed the art collections in particular there was a modern spin on ancient Egyptian art that was excellent. Definitely worth a few hours of your time.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank William F
Reviewed 1 week ago

A must visit in Alexandria. A modern beautiful architecture both inside and outside with huge collection of books. The library has several museums also. Better to have a guided tour (no extra pay) offered by the library to know the details. According t o the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank moinulbb
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although Alexandria boasts a good shoreline and seafood, the biggest draw for me is the library. Built after the fabled Library at Alexandria that was burned down a hundred years ago, this new Bibliotheca Alexandria aims to rebuild the ambiance of the old library. A...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank bensonc278
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour only took us to the outside of this building which is spectacular. We decided to go inside and after paying the 70 egyptian pounds and lining up through a number of security points we were treated to a mastepiece of architecture. Being opposite...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank SlugPerth
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 39 nearby hotels
Horizon Sharm Resort
100 reviews
.31 miles away
Mandarin Resort
13 reviews
.31 miles away
Nubian Village Hotel
3,227 reviews
.31 miles away
Sun Hotel Raouf
32 reviews
.31 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 1,315 nearby restaurants
L Passage
62 reviews
.75 miles away
30 reviews
.65 miles away
Country Hills
33 reviews
.68 miles away
21 reviews
.73 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 103 nearby attractions
Alexandria National Museum
241 reviews
.60 miles away
El Qaed Ibrahim Mosque
31 reviews
.52 miles away
Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral
16 reviews
.91 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
June 29, 2018|
AnswerShow all 9 answers
Response from Georgiou E | Reviewed this property |
Υou pay an entrance ticket if you are not local.
Ahmed H
November 15, 2017|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from mona551950 | Reviewed this property |
Sunday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Fridays from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and Saturdays from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
June 24, 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from fth0mps0n | Reviewed this property |
I do not know on June 25th if they open or not.
Travel Forum Posts
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Need help for Low Budget 6 Day tour plan (23 Replies)
Hello all, We are planning a Low budget 6 days trip without a travel guide to Egypt (cairo,luxor,aswan,alaxendriya) in may 2016-june 2016.I have been reading these forums for week listing down all Dos and Donts, Entrance fees, Sightseeing and wonderful tips. So far I have made this itinerary for our trip , Kindly help me in shaping it to get maximum of Egypt tour. 27th May : arrival night , stay at some hostel in down town . Ist Day 28th May : Visit to Giza, Saqqara and night show 2nd Day...More
March 07, 2016|
Response fromNefertari|
***ansMadrasa's of you are interested*** Should read - and Madrasa's if you are interested, please forgive any other typos, its early morning here and I am yet to go to bed!
Dhaka City, Bangladesh
Opening & closing times of Cairo attractions in March? (4 Replies)
Hi, I'll be going to Cairo & Alexandria in the coming March, but I was wondering about the opening time & closing (or last admission) time of the following places where I would go so that I can plan my day accordingly. Giza pyramids + Sphinx Egyptian Museum Cairo Citadel Cairo Tower Al-Azhar mosque+park Roman Fortress of Babylon Memphis Saqqara Dahshur Citadel of Qaitbey Bibliotheca Alexandrina Roman Amphitheatre Alexandria National Museum Pompey's Pillar Thanks...More
January 14, 2010|
Response fromcairodowntown|
Giza pyramids + Sphinx,Cairo Citadel , Memphis , Saqqara, Dahshur Citadel of Qaitbey, Roman Amphitheatre, Alexandria National Museum, Pompey's Pillar, Roman Fortress of Babylon. All of them close by 16.00 Egyptian musuem close by 18.15 Cairo Tower Closed by 23.00 Al-Azhar park open till 22.00 Al-Azhar Mosque till the last prayer of the day till 19.00 Bibliotheca Alexandrina Tuesday is off , Friday opens at 13.00 then it is closed by 19.00 all the days of the week ... hope it...More
Need help with itinerary for 2 days trip in Alexandria (10 Replies)
There are so much to see in Alex!! and most of the places close so early, so I am having a hard time to plan our trip. We are going to Alex ourselves before our tour which starts in Cairo. We are planning to spend 1 and a half to 2 days in Alex. I need help with the itinerary and check if my plannings are do-able, or if there are things we have to do, or places that isn't worth the visit. Here is the itinerary: *Day 1* 6am-9:15am Train ride from Cairo to Alex 10am-11am Necropolis of...More
July 11, 2010|
Response fromAnita C|
The first day of your itinerary is challenging but do-able, but you are going to be rushing to fit everything in. I've not been to the Necropolis at Anfushi so cannot comment on that. A personal favourite of mine is the Odeum (Kom El Dikka) and it is right next to the train station. I think it the afternoon of day 1 needs to be rearranged so you are heading in one direction along the Corniche. I therefore suggest you go to the Mosque of Abu Al Abbas Al Mursi (half hour maximum) followed by...More