The dream of rebuilding the Ancient Library of Alexandria and of reviving the legacy of that great center for learning has long enticed the imagination of intellectuals and scientists all over the world.
In 1974, Professor Mostafa El Abbadi, eminent historian of Alexandria and author of a study on the life and fate of the Ancient Library called for the launch of a project to rebuild the Library of Alexandria.
The University of Alexandria allocated the land alongside the Alexandria University campus, in close proximity to where the original Library is believed to have been. The Conference Center was built on an area of 5000 m2 and it was inaugurated on 22 August 1991.
Under Article 2 of Law No. 1 for the year 2001, the Conference Center was affiliated to the Library complex.
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina Conference Center (BACC) is a state-of-the-art meeting and exhibition facility and is an integral part of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina complex. It is located on the waterfront across from the Eastern Harbor and Silsilah Peninsula. The Conference Center and the main Library are connected underground below the Plaza of Civilization.
The Conference Center and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, with their joint capacity, will be a center of culture and a beacon of knowledge to serve Egypt, the Mediterranean Region, Africa and the world.
A distinguished feature of the BACC is that it was designed, first and foremost, for international conferences, and offers comprehensive services and diverse facilities.
It satisfies the requirements of highly sophisticated conferences. It accommodates symposiums, meetings and presentations and can host, simultaneously or independently, exhibitions and poster sessions.
It houses four conference halls, four meeting rooms, two exhibition halls, a VIP lounge and a VIP meeting room, three restaurants and a coffee shop.
Even before the official inauguration of the Library, on 16 October 2002, several major international conferences were held at the Conference Center.