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La Bibliothèque et les Archives nationales égyptiennes, qui ont été endommagées par des attentats, représentent la mémoire d'un pays.

La Bibliothèque et les Archives nationales égyptiennes, qui ont été endommagées par des attentats, représentent la mémoire d'un pays. | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

By ALAA OTHMAN

CAIRO: The Egyptian National Library and Archives, which was damaged during blasts that shook its neighboring Security Directorate on Friday, is not simply an archive.

Rather, it represents the memory of the nation, and a history book containing Egypt’s storeroom of knowledge, so that damaging it is damaging a rich Egyptian history and heritage of dedicated scholarship.

It is the first and the largest national library in the Arab world, and was founded in 1870 by a decree from Khedive Ismail, through an initiative from Ali Mubarak Pasha, the Minister of Education at the time.

It was founded mainly to house manuscripts and rare books endowed by Sultans, Emirs and scholars to mosques and mausoleums, modeled after the national libraries in Europe.

In 1904, the contents of the Egyptian National Library and Archive were transferred to the current building in the Bab El-Khalk district, which was recently renovated in 2006. The Building was then converted to a library specialized in Eastern studies.

It houses Turkish and Persian manuscripts, along with Islamic papyri and instruments. Later, a museum of heritage relics, which houses rare manuscripts, ancient copies of the Quran, maps and significant instruments was annexed to the building.

Several well-equipped research halls have been added to the building to allow visitors to view heritage books, eastern language books, encyclopedias and translation books.

The building also includes a museum that houses several rare manuscripts in the fields of religion, medicine, astronomy, literature, language, written in several languages, including Arabic, Turkish and Farsi. The museum also houses copies of the Quran, with magnificent calligraphy art, papyri and portraits of calligraphy, coins and maps.

Originally published in Youm7.

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CURL: Introducing the Cairo Urban Resource Library

CURL: Introducing the Cairo Urban Resource Library | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Cairo Urban Resource Library is a project initiated by Omar Nagati and Beth Stryker (CLUSTER) and is supported by the British Council. The idea is simple: to create a publicly accessible architecture and urban studies library in a central location.

The library is located in the premises of CLUSTER, Cairo Laboratory for Urban Studies, Training and Environmental Research, at 43 Sherif Street, 3rd Floor.

The library is a work in progress and is soon to be opened to the public. Architect Omar Nagati and curator/architect Beth Stryker believe having a well-stocked library of urban and architectural books available to architects, planners and students is an important piece of “infrastructure” that is lacking in Cairo. At present most of the books in the library are from Nagati’s private collection but they are looking to partner with others owning similar libraries willing to collaborate as part of the project. CURL will also accept book donations (email below for contact).

The library is being cataloged in Arabic and English and its cataloging system will be a parallel system to Rufoof, which is an initiative that aims to catalog Cairo’s many and separate art libraries. CURL aims to veer more in the direction of urban/architectural libraries using an especially designed system.

(CairObserver)

 

More : http://cairobserver.com/post/45024382258/curl-introducing-the-cairo-urban-resource-library#.UUOZZVtvwiY

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New Tahrir Library to Provide Electronic Resources, Academic Support

New Tahrir Library to Provide Electronic Resources, Academic Support | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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A new electronic library has opened at AUC Tahrir Square. Serving the AUC community, particularly students and instructors at the School of Continuing Education (SCE), the library is an additional resource for research and instructional needs outside of the New Cairo campus. The library is fully digital, providing access to the main library’s online search functions and academic databases.“Having the Tahrir Library will be very beneficial for the students and instructors who attend and teach classes on the downtown campus,” said Charles Norman, dean of the School of Continuing Education. “It is an excellent facility that gives students access to AUC’s library resources.”The library will be beneficial to eligible students who study at AUC Tahrir Square through the Management Center, Graduate School of Education, Engineering and Science Services, and the School of Continuing Education, which has the largest presence downtown. “Many SCE students had applied before to use the University library for translation and rudimentary research, so this will be of great use for them, particularly after AUC’s move to New Cairo,” said Jayme Spencer, senior librarian and director of public services. News AUCMore : http://www.aucegypt.edu/newsatauc/Pages/story.aspx?eid=1082
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