Bibliotheca Alexandrina


Name :

-          in the national language(s) and script(s) : مكتبة الاسكندرية

-          in English : Bibliotheca Alexandrina


Location/Address :

P.O. Box 138, Chatby

Alexandria 21526, Egypt


Web site :



Ms. Manal Amin


Short description of the institution:


The New Bibliotheca Alexandrina is dedicated to recapture the spirit of openness and scholarship of the original Bibliotheca Alexandrina. It is much more than a library ; The Bibliotheca Alexandrina aims to be a center of excellence in the production and dissemination of knowledge and to be a place of dialogue, learning and understanding between cultures and peoples.


The unique role of the Library of Alexandria, as that of a great Egyptian Library with international dimensions, will focus on four main aspects, that seek to recapture the spirit of the original ancient Library of Alexandria. It aspires to be:


The world’s window on Egypt ; Egypt’s window on the world, a leading institution of the digital age, and a center for learning, tolerance, dialogue and understanding.


The library contains: A library, an Internet Archive, six specialized libraries, four museums, a Planetarium, an ALEXploratorium, Culturama, VISTA, eight academic research centers, fifteen permanent exhibitions, four art galleries, a BA Conference Center, and it also hosts a number of institutions


Short description of the authority data:

-          Described entities :

o   Persons

o   Corporate bodies

o   Subjects

o   Geographic names

o   Series and uniform titles

o   Meetings


-          Number of records for each type of authority data :

o   Persons                           432955

o   Corporate bodies              43890

o   Subjects                          305376

o   Geographic names            56378

o   Series and uniform titles    3416

o   Meetings                         7443


-          data provided in the authority records  (MARC 21)


Data provided to VIAF and number of records : 

o   Persons                      45596

o   Corporate bodies          1394

o   Meetings                     548