Opening Hours

For the general public:

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.

For children (6–11 year olds) and young people (12–16 year olds):

Sunday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm,

Fridays from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm,

and Saturdays from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm.

For the visually impaired accessing Taha Hussein Library:

Sunday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

and Saturdays from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm.

Fridays are off.

For school visits:

Sunday through Thursday: 9:00–10:30 am.

During Ramadan:

Saturday through Thursday: 10:00 am–2:00 pm.

For museums visits:

Sunday through Thursday: 10:00 am -- 5:00 pm

Fridays: 2:00 pm -- 5:00 pm

Saturdays: 12:00 pm -- 4:00 pm

 


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Admission

  Individuals University Students and Senior Citizens School Students
Egyptians EGP 5 EGP 3 EGP 1
Non-Egyptians EGP 70 EGP 10 EGP 10

 

Visitors may access all library resources and join guided tours. This ticket also includes access to Permanent Exhibitions, as well as Temporary Exhibitions.

Note: Admission to the Taha Hussein Library for the visually impaired is free.

 

Museums Egyptians Egyptian Students Non-Egyptians Non-Egyptian Students
Antiquities EGP 5 EGP 2 EGP 50 EGP 25
Manuscripts EGP 5 EGP 2 EGP 30 EGP 10

 

Admission to the Planetarium

An exclusive ticket for Planetarium shows, the Science Museum and ALEXploratorium may be purchased at the entrance of the Planetarium. Ticket rate is determined by the Planetarium show schedule.

 

Guidelines for Bibliotheca Alexandrina Visitors

  • Admission to the Main Reading Area is restricted to visitors aged 16 and above.

  • Children under 4 years are not permitted within the Library. An on-site facility (behind the Conference Center) is offered to kindergartners, provided that either of their parents accompanies them.

  • Youth aged 4–16 years are not permitted entry into the Main Reading Area, unless as part of a guided tour.

  • The Children’s Library (6–11 years) and the Young People’s Library (12–16 years) are open to the public all year round, but are accessible by members only during summer and mid-year vacations. During those periods, ticket holders may be introduced to the services provided by the two Libraries through a brief guided tour offered at different hours throughout the day.

  • Handbags and laptop bags are allowed in the Main Building, other than this, it should be kept at the Lockers.

  • Clothes, food, beverages and precious items are not accepted in the Lockers.

  • Clothes, food, and beverages are not allowed inside the Library.

  • Personal books are not allowed unless it is stamped from the Internal Security Department. 

  • The Library ticket includes admission to the Permanent Exhibitions, the Sadat Museum, and the BA Culturama.

  • Tickets for the Manuscripts Museum are purchased from the main Tickets booth or the Membership Desk in the Main Reading Area.

  • Tickets for the Antiquities Museum are at its Tickets booth in front of the Museum.

  • Admission to the Planetarium Science Center (PSC) requires a separate ticket (available for purchase at the PSC entrance).

  • Smoking is not allowed at all inside the Library.

  • Photography is allowed everywhere inside the Library, except within a number of specified Exhibitions and Museums, such as The World of Shadi Abdel Salam Exhibition, Selected Artworks of Adam Henein, Seif and Adham Wanly: Motion and Art, and Selected Artworks of Hassan Soliman, and Impressions of Alexandria: The Awad’s Collection.

  • Mobiles are to be turned off or switched to silent mode. Violators will be subject to a fine of EGP 10.