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A Message from the Director
It is a unique privilege to write these words as the first Director of the new Library of Alexandria. The Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a vast cultural complex rising from the shores of the Mediterranean and only a stone's throw from the location of the ancient library of Alexandria, is a new Egyptian enterprise of international scope and ambition.
It is our hope that the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina will be a worthy successor to the great ancient library of Alexandria . That great library was a unique ecumenical effort, a testament to the human intellect and imagination, and it remains etched in the memories of all scientists and intellectuals to this day.
The era of the ancient library is undeniably the greatest chapter in the history of Alexandria , but our great city, founded by Alexander and home to Cleopatra, is a city of living history and renewed imagination. For 2,300 years, it has inspired the creative talents of scholars and artists from Callimachus to Lawrence Durrell. Even today, the past is come to life as underwater archaeology brings to light the sunken treasures of Alexandria , and captures the imagination of the world with glimpses of bygone glory. "