Egypt

Alexandria Library

The Library of Alexandria is a major library and cultural Center, located on the shore of the Mediterranean City of Alexandria, Egypt. It is both a commemoration of the Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity and an attempt to rekindle something of the brilliance that this earlier center of study and erudition represented. The dimensions of the project are vast: the library has shelf space for eight million books, with the main reading room covering 70,000 m on eleven cascading levels. The complex also houses a conference center specialized libraries for the blind, for young people, and for children; three museums; four art galleries; a planetarium and a manuscript restoration laboratory. The librarys architecture is equally striking. The main reading room stands beneath a 32-meter-high glass - paneled roof, tilted out toward the sea like a sundial, and measuring some 160 m in diameter. The walls are of gray Aswan Granite, carved with characters from 120 different human scripts.