At the dawn of the 21st century, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina takes its place in the world as one of the centers of knowledge and intellect. A vast enterprise, it includes libraries, museums, exhibitions, and more.
As we move on in the revival of the roles of the Ancient Library of Alexandria, we take into account its having been the focal point of where many of the fundamental rules of science were born. The ancient city's scholars contributed enormously to advances in mathematics, geometry, and astronomy. They also founded new areas of learning, such as grammar and trigonometry.
Scholars such as Callimachus, Eratosthenes, Hipparchus, Euclid, and Archimedes are but few of the scientists who helped build the infrastructure of the science we know today. Reaping from the knowledge available in the Ancient Library of Alexandria, they proved that the presence of a center of learning could make all the difference.
We honor this as we bring the Library's ‘Center for Special Studies and Programs' to life, a continuation of the Ancient Library's role of the dissemination of knowledge. We take on the role of being a hub, creating a network of international collaborators, and infusing education with the excitement of discovery.
The CSSP aims to empower the country's science, math and engineering capabilities and promote the utilization of these capabilities to serve society. This is via the promotion of research, and the support of research through the conduction of conferences and workshops, both international and local, aimed at increasing the public awareness of the significance of science and technology. Thereby, creating the backdrop for the evolution of scientists of a high caliber.
We would also like Egyptian scientists to explore the potential of international linkage and its advantage to the scientific community. This stems from our recognition of the fact that escalation in the sciences requires cooperation rather than isolation.
Let the Bibliotheca Alexandrina be the link between the Egyptian scientist and the international world of science. Let it again be the venue of scholars from all over the world. Let it partake in the enhancement of Egyptian intellectuality. Let the Bibliotheca Alexandrina rise to meet the challenges of its time, as its predecessor once did.
Director of the Library of Alexandria