Nobel Section

About the Nobel Section

Located on the third floor (F3) of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA), the Nobel Section is dedicated to serving scholars and researchers. The Nobel Section comprises the Nobel Room, the Gad Rausing Auditorium and the Söderberg Lounge. It is furnished with a replica of the furniture and lighting designed specially for the Nobel Institute in Stockholm (opened in 1918) and for the meeting room of the Swedish Cabinet.

The Nobel Room

The Nobel Room is the access point for researchers interested in literature. It comprises book collections of Nobel Prize Laureates in Literature from 1901-2006. The bookcases are filled with selections of these literary works written in the winners' original language, with translations into mainly Arabic, English and French.

The Gad Rausing Auditorium

The Auditorium is named after the Swedish Rausing family, who offered great financial support to establish the Nobel Section at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

The Söderberg Lounge

Named after the Söderberg family, who also funded the Nobel Section. It comprises two computer stands where users can access the Nobel e-Museum, a virtual museum consisting of digital information about Prizes awarded since 1901, Alfred Nobel and his life, the Nobel Foundation, the prize-awarding institutions and much more.

How to read the books of the Nobel Section

Go to the Reference Desk in F1 (in the Main Library) and order the book. If no copy of the book is available in the Main Library, the book will be ordered for you from the Nobel Section. You will be asked to leave your ID or your valid passport at the reference desk. When you finish reading, you are requested to give back the book to the reference desk in F1 to get back your ID or passport.

How to visit the Nobel Section

Send an e-mail to minimum 2 days before your visit. We will be waiting for you at the General Information Desk at the entrance of the Main Library at the designated time. The maximum duration of the visit is 1 hour.