Library & Specialized Libraries
Located at the First Basement (B1), the Francophone Library is formed following the exceptional gift from the French National Library (BnF) to the BA. The gift is a collection of 500,000 French books published between 1996 and 2006 in different fields. Accordingly, the BA became the fourth largest francophone library in the world with the biggest collection of French books outside France.
The BA Francophone Library, in cooperation with the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development, and several partners in France has also launched a training for the BA francophone librarians.
At the center of the BACC, the Hexagon is the hub of the Francophone Library and the meeting point of all francophone. It is a café, a cultural forum, and a platform for holding ceremonies, roundtable discussions, workshops and other events in an atmosphere that very much resembles Parisian cafés.
The Francophone Library offers different services to the public in various fields; it provides assistance to researchers and users regarding French literature, offers conversation workshops in French, attempts to document the francophone world, and introduces the geography, history, civilization, and tourist attractions of France to users.