For lovers of reading.. Bibliotheca Alexandrina tickets and dates

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a great cultural building on the land of the bride of the Mediterranean, and a beacon that illuminates the path of knowledge for different ages and generations throughout Egypt and expands to reach the countries of the world.

In this report, “Al-Dustour” takes lovers of reading and knowledge, on a journey inside the Library of Alexandria, starting with the price of tickets and the dates for the reception of visitors, to the specialized libraries’ sections to learn deal with the tasks of each of them in detail.

Ticket prices and entry times for the Bibliotheca Alexandrina

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina receives its visitors from Sunday to Thursday from 09:00 to 15:30 (the average capacity does not exceed 500 readers; 300 ticket holders and 200 library members).

Bibliotheca Alexandrina ticket prices are divided into the following:

– Entrance ticket to the Library of Alexandria for Egyptians: 5 pounds.

Entrance ticket to the Library of Alexandria for Egyptian students and pensioners: 3 pounds.

– Entrance ticket to the Library of Alexandria for non-Egyptians: 70 pounds.

Entrance ticket to the Library of Alexandria for non-Egyptians, students and pensioners: 10 pounds.

Book lovers

The libraries of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the heart and center of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, provide a space for those seeking knowledge in addition to the main library. The Bibliotheca Alexandrina includes 6 specialized libraries: the art and multimedia library, the Taha Hussein Library for the Blind, the Children’s Library, the Young People’s Library, the Exchange and Archives Department, and the Rare Books Department and the French-Language Library.


Main Library

The main library is an educational space that provides information in all its forms: book collections, magazines, maps, manuscripts, multimedia, electronic resources, and above all, it offers customized services to all its users, such as students, researchers, the disabled. and the general public.

The reading area of ​​the main library spans all seven floors of the library and can accommodate up to 2,000 readers, plus museums, galleries and a conference center are all within walking distance of the reading area.


Art and Multimedia

The Arts and Multimedia Library contains a rich collection of print and audiovisual material on the arts, and the print collection includes books, scores and magazines.

The audiovisual collection covers a wide range of films, documentaries, tutorials and self-teaching methods for learning languages ​​and how to use a computer.

Audio-visual materials can be used in individual or group study rooms in the library. In addition, workshops and seminars are held to highlight different artistic themes and prominent artists. Monthly programs highlight a variety of films and plays.

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Taha Hussein Library

Taha Hussein Library offers a new approach to library services for the blind and visually impaired. The library, which is equipped with special software, applies the latest technology that allows users to read books and magazines and access all library resources in addition to some web resources. . In this way, they are able to have more independence, as one of the main goals of the BA is to offer equal opportunities to everyone regardless of disability.


Children’s library

The Children’s Library provides educational, entertainment and cultural resources for children aged 6-11, containing a large selection of picture books, story books, non-fiction books and multimedia materials in various languages ​​covering a wide range of artistic subjects. for zoology.

Its main objective is to develop children’s reading, research and creativity skills through various programs and activities. In addition to the reading area, it has a computer lab, activity room, story corner, puppet show and multimedia corner. A special section for children with different types of disabilities.

Young people’s library

The Youth Library offers a wide world of knowledge, entertainment and culture to young people between the ages of 12 and 16. The program introduces its visitors to modern information technology, develops their reading and research skills and encourages social interaction.

Librarians in the program provide students with materials for schoolwork. The Youth Library’s collection of books covers the same subjects as the main library, but is more tailored to young people’s tastes. The library offers access to magazines, multimedia, electronic resources and a number of databases covering a variety of subjects.

The Young Library participated in the Programmers of the Future competition, organized and organized by the Institute for Information Technology at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, and won four prizes: the fourth prize for creating an astronomy website, the second prize for producing a movie with Adobe Premiere, and the fourth and first prize (respectively in 2005 and 2006) for creating and designing a website about the cities of the world. The Youth Library members participated three times in the Young Digital Creators (YDC) program of the UNESCO DigiArts portal and were winners of the UNESCO Digital Arts Prize in 2005, 2006 and 2007. The Library also participated in the International Schools Cyber ​​​​Fair Competition, the largest educational event of its kind held online and won three awards.


Exchange and Archives Section

Microfilming and digitization are among the most important tools used to preserve rare manuscripts, publications and important documents that may be lost or destroyed over time or due to frequent exchanges. These tools also facilitate access to manuscripts and illustrated documents without compromising their original copies. The Exchange and Archives Department was created to enrich the digital content of manuscripts, share manuscript copies (photographed or digital) with other entities or libraries concerned with this subject, provide the library with new and rare manuscripts in various fields of study, and various services to researchers and specialists. Researchers can also search for microfilmed manuscripts in a special room.

rare books

The Rare Books section houses a rich collection of rare books, maps and special collections. This section contains more than 15,000 rare books, the oldest of which dates back to 1496, 700 periodicals (54,000 editions) and 66,000 books from private collections. The Special Collections section contains complete collections of libraries donated to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina by public figures such as the late President Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat, Sultan Qaboos, Dr. Abdel Razek Al-Sanhoury and Dr. Hussein Heikal.


French Language Library

The French-language Library, located on the B1 floor, was established as a result of an exceptional donation from the National Library of France (BnF) to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. The donation was a collection of 500,000 French books, covering various fields, published between 1996 and 2006. As a result of this donation, the BA French-language Library became the fourth largest French-language library in the world with the largest collection of French books outside of France.


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