Bibliotheca Alexandrina: A Video Visit to Egypt’s Recreated Library of Alexandria

Ishmail Serageldin (left, inteviewed in this video report) posed with First Ladies Suzanne Mubarak and Laura Bush.

Ishmail Serageldin (left, inteviewed in this video report) posed with First Ladies Suzanne Mubarak and Laura Bush.

Uploaded on March 27, 2008, this short video features Egypt’s Bibliotheca Alexandrina during the recreated Library of Alexandria’s 5th anniversary. As American Libraries Editor in Chief, I was given a tour of the library fit for a pharoah by then director of library operations Sohair Wastawy. First Lady Laura Bush was given a similar tour, albeit a bit more royal and conducted by Egyptian First Lady Suzanne Mubarak in 2005. This video features short interviews with Wastawy and Library Director Ismail Serageldin, among others, and takes in some of the local sights, including the ancient library at Serapeum, circa 297 A.D. Watch it on YouTube, “Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Egypt) 5th Anniversary.” –Leonard Kniffel, 20 June 2016
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