The Library of Alexandria was reborn in October 2002 to reclaim the mantle of its ancient namesake. It is not just an extraordinarily beautiful building; it is also a vast complex where the arts, history, philosophy, and science come together. Moreover, the myriad activities it offers have made it a place for open discussion, dialogue, and understanding.
A weekly program produced by the Studio Department, Agenda recaps the BA activities and events held throughout the week and previews the upcoming events.
The BA Libraries, the heart and hub of the BA, provide a space for knowledge seekers. In addition to the Main Library,
the BA comprises six specialized libraries: the Arts and Multimedia Library, the Taha Hussein Library for the visually impaired,
the Children’s Library, the Young People’s Library, the Exchange and Archive Section , and the Rare Books Section . Another library, the Francophone Library, was founded after receiving a massive book donation from the BnF.
A system developed at the BA to create and maintain the Library's digital collections.
An international cultural overview from Alexandria.
Reissuing classics of the Islamic heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries/13th and 14th Hijri centuries.
International Librarianship Training Program for Arab and non-Arab librarians.
The Manuscripts Center is a part of the Cultural Outreach Sector. It aims to explore the depths of Arab and Islamic manuscript heritage through indexing, verification, and study.
The Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CULTNAT) is one of the BA institutions located in Cairo, and it is affiliated with the ICT Sector. The center aims to apply the latest technological innovations in documenting Egypt’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage and Egypt’s natural heritage, which includes information about natural areas and their biological components.
The Alexandria and Mediterranean Research Center (Alex Med) documents and researches the tangible and intangible heritage of Alexandria and the Mediterranean while promoting dialogue and exchange in the region. It seeks both to preserve the past and to promote the future development of the city of Alexandria by conducting research on its heritage and holding conferences and exhibitions.
The International School of Information Science (ISIS) is a research institute affiliated to the BA. It acts as an incubator for digital and technological projects, thus promoting and nurturing innovation, which is the foundation of the BA’s mission. Guided by the goals of the BA, ISIS strives to preserve heritage for future generations in digital form, provide universal access to human knowledge, and promote the research and development of activities and projects related to building a universal digital library. ISIS received an Award of Merit and the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) award from the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2002.
The Center for Special Studies and Programs (CSSP) seeks to create a generation of innovative researchers through research grant programs, and it recognizes the existence of untapped potential in young researchers all over Egypt who are eager to collaborate with international institutions but lack the means needed for such collaboration. All activities handled by the CSSP primarily demonstrate quality, excellence, and intellectual rigor implemented with professionalism and cost-effectiveness. The CSSP is committed to providing an environment that both encourages and inspires scientists and those who are keen to achieve their personal and professional goals.
The Alexandria Center for Hellenistic Studies was established as a joint collaboration between the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the Onassis Foundation, the Vardinoyannis Foundation, and the Alexandria University. Graduates of classics or archaeology departments may apply directly for a master’s degree. Non-specialized students must take a one year diploma, which qualifies candidates to apply for a master’s degree. The Center is open to scholars from around the world who are keen to obtain diplomas, master’s degrees, and PhDs in Hellenistic studies in history; literature; art, archaeology, and architecture; and philosophy and science.
The Center for Islamic Civilization Studies is one of the research centers affiliated to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) and aspires to achieve the BA goals, including promoting the universality of Islam, its message of tolerance, and the Islamic civilization that has been a cornerstone in human history. The Center’s goals contribute to the dissemination of certain ideals, such as acceptance, fraternity and accepting the other, while rejecting bigotry. The Islamic Civilization, which spread from China in the east to Andalusia in the west, left behind a path of enlightenment and numerous achievements in the fields of science, art, and philosophy that collectively and harmoniously benefitted humanity in many ways. Spaces of freedom were created when translation and openness on different cultures flourished during the Islamic ages and led to diversity and creativity. The Islamic Civilization has had its unique characteristics and momentous achievements throughout history which have remained relevant and significant in our modern day and age.
Believing that the Coptic heritage belongs to all Egyptians, the Center for Coptic Studies was established in 2013 under the BA Academic Research Sector. The center focuses on the Coptic heritage and its preservation, emphasizing its role as a key component of Egyptian heritage in general, and a main tributary contributing to the Egyptian identity in particular.
The Sustainable Development Studies Program aspires to become a leading national and international program engaged in high-quality, cutting-edge, and policy-relevant researches and studies—a program that contributes to a better understanding of the environment and provides solutions to urgent environmental issues.
The Professional Training Institute (PTI) is dedicated to enhance the role of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) in disseminating knowledge and creating a place of learning and understanding between cultures and peoples.
Since its establishment, the Writing and Scripts Center has adopted several objectives: to produce and digitally document writings, to study of the development of writings up until the digital age, and to study the aesthetics of calligraphy as a means for advanced artistic expression.
The Women Studies and Social Transformation (WSST) Program was established with an aim to focus on women studies and gender issues through the implementation of programs and activities that identify and advocate for policies that create a more supportive environment for women, promote gender equity and ensure inclusive practices by policy makers, thus becoming an incubator and an active promoter for change and the creation of conditions for constructive social transformation.
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