Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Cairo, Egypt, which opened to the public in October of 2001, is a revival of the ancient Library of Alexandria that was built during the last Pharaonic Dynasty and destroyed during the period 220-440 AD. At that time, the Library had been the main center of knowledge, education, discovery and research, as well as a meeting place for scientists for 700 years. Contrary to many structural designs, this restoration project was intended to reflect the society's cultural values and history rather than solely geometric design, providing it with a unique and timeless atmosphere.
In addition to the Library facilities, Bibliotheca Alexandrina also contains other cultural and educational functions including a planetarium, museums, a school for information science and conservation facilities. Since it opened, it has attracted over 6,000 readers a day, and most importantly, it has attracted younger knowledge seekers averaging 20 years in age.
The Library was selected by ASCE as a finalist for the 2002 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) Award and received the Outstanding International Award.