The New Library
statue of Ptolemy I (323 -
(early patron of the library)
16/10/2002 (UNESCO) Today is opening the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the largest library in the Middle East and Africa, marking the rebirth of the institution founded over 2000 years ago. UNESCO’s involvement in the project dates back to 1986, and now the Organization is launching five new projects aimed at promoting the library’s activities.
Plaza of the new Library
(Planetarium in the background)
First, UNESCO will collaborate with the world famous pen marker “Montegrappa” towards the development of a very special limited edition of commemorative fountain pens celebrating the revival of the Ancient Bibliotheca Alexandrina. These valuable pens are octagonal in shape, and the barrel and top of the cap are engraved with the symbols of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and UNESCO respectively.
tablet at library entrance
Glass Roof of Library as seen from the Olive trees planted by the people of Palestine
Then, as the Bibliotheca is aimed at being a link between past and future, UNESCO is implementing two projects in the field of Information and communication technologies (ICTs). The first one is the production of a multi-media DVD documentary title documenting the milestones associated with the revival of the ancient Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
early Egyptian scholar
The vision underlying the digital documentary entails a mix of movie-like elements combined with a comprehensive documentary for serving as a useful desk reference about the Bibliotheca. Furthermore, UNESCO will provide a continuous support to the library’s management in the area of networking infrastructure and towards the selection and installation of a library information system.
looking toward the Mediterranean Sea
the glass roof over the reading room
the reading room
future work area
Last, in the framework of its activities dedicated to disadvantaged groups, UNESCO will implement a special project involving the establishment of a special section within the library for the visually impaired. Using specialized hardware and software components, UNESCO has performed the necessary research work to explore the possible solutions suitable for implementation within an Arabic speaking environment for the blind.
the olive grove
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