According to the Presidential Decree No. 76 for the year 2001, concerning the organization of the supervision of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina; the BA is managed by three main bodies: a Council of Patrons, a Board of Trustees, and a Director.
The Council of Patrons is composed of a number of prominent persons from different parts of the world, numbering not less than eight and no more than twenty-four, chosen by invitation of the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt. The Council includes the French President, the Queen of Spain, Director-General of the UNESCO, as well as other international dignitaries.
The President or his designate shall be the Chair of the Council of Patrons, and the Minister of Higher Education shall be the Secretary of the Council
The Council shall have the responsibility of supporting the Library and following up on its activities and shall express its views on the direction of such activities.
The Council shall meet once every three years at the invitation of its Chair