To promote an awareness of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) as an international center of cultural exchanges and meetings.
To gather intellectuals in the fields of science, arts, and the humanities as envisioned by Alexander the Great and Ptolemy I in 300 BC.
To attend, support, and contribute to the friends of the BA annual meetings in Alexandria, Egypt and other BA International meetings.
To contribute to various BA programs by donating books and art collections and by soliciting monetary funds from individuals and institutions.
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina welcomes monetary donations to help maintain its operation . The original library of Alexandria was founded in 288 BCE by Ptolemy(Soter).This library became a major repository of thought of the ancient world and a resource to its users. Subsequent upheavals within the Roman empire resulted in its gradual neglect and ultimate destruction in 400 CE.
The new library opened October 2002 near its original site. It is an important resource not just for the number of manuscripts or books it has accumulated, but as a center for visitors and patrons to access digital information and the internet.
For more information visit the website of the BA at www.bibalex.org
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization.
Your donations are tax deductible. Any checks or donations should be made to the
Friends of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Foundation and must be sent to:
Rhonda R. Shearer
62 Greene Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10012
Ms. Shearer, in turn, will acknowledge your donation in a letter to be used for your tax deduction.
If you are a Minnesota resident and interested in joining the Minnesota Friends of the BA please call or email Dr. Aida Khalafalla. (Contact information below)
Address: 2551 37th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55406
Mobile: (612) 298-8720 Phone:(612) 724-9547 Fax (612) 721-4730
Accomplishments to date of Minnesota Friends of the BA
August 6-7, 2015
The Minnesota Friends of the BA hosted BA General Director Dr. Ismail Serageldin and His Excellency Mr. Mohamed Tawfik, the ambassador of Egypt to the U.S., in a two-day event, with overwhelming attendance from the Minnesota community. A business meeting with top Minnesota-based companies, such as Cargill, 3M, Medtronic and Caribou, afforded Ambassador Tawfik the opportunity to discuss ongoing trade and new future ventures with Minnesota. Dr. Serageldin also attended the business meeting and offered important insights.
The dinner event on August 7th was a great success; Dr. Serageldin received a standing ovation from an appreciative audience. Professor Rosalie Caneo Amer, University of California-San Diego, presented information on the worldwide Friends of the BA. Minnesota Friends member Wendy Hess presented gifts of appreciation to the two honored guests: the book Minnesota: Hail to Thee by University of Minnesota Professor and author Karyl Ann Marling, and handmade copper bookmarks with an image of the state bird, the loon.
Dr. Khalafalla, H.E. Mr. Mohamed Tawfik and Mrs. Tawfik, Dr. Samiha Ibrahim
Dr. Ragui Assaad, Dr. Serageldin, and Dr. Khalafalla
Dr. Aïda Khalafalla, Dr. Ismail Serageldin, Dr. Helene Peters, Peggy Linrud
Ehab George, Dr. Aïda Khalafalla, Dr. and Mrs. Ragui Assaad, Mona Haddary, Dr. Samiha Ibrahim
Dr. Helene Peters and Mrs. Tawfik
Dr. Khalafalla and Mrs. Tawfik
Standing ovation for Dr. Serageldin.
Diane Katsiaficas, a MN Friend of the BA and University of Minnesota art professor, and Jeff Rathermel, executive director of Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA), co-taught a book arts workshop at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina for 13 enthusiastic Egyptian artists. Alexandria University art and design faculty and Cairo graphic design professionals also participated. The BA's Gamal Hosni helped organize the workshop.
This fall, Rathermel and Katsiaficas will lead a group of Minnesota artists in developing collaborative works with participating Egyptian artists for an exhibition at the University of Minnesota in February 2016.
One of the creative products from the workshop.
On August 2, 2010, a shipment of approximately 15,000 books--a large quantity of children's books, and valued at $286,000, was sent to the BA. Dr. Patrick Plonski, executive director of Books for Africa, collaborated in the venture.
A shipment of 22,000 law books from the Thompson Reuter law library reached the BA on April 10, 2012. The shipment, valued at $286,000, was coordinated by Dr. Plonski and Ms. Hadeel Abdel Hady, legal strategic advisor for PLLC, Washington, D.C.
A shipment of 22,000 library books--containing few duplicates and valued at $242,000, was shipped in April 2014, in partnership with Books for Africa.
To date, some 59,000 books, valued at approximately $814,000, have been shipped in 340-foot containers to the BA.
A Middle East library was established within the BA through the donation of the personal library of Dr. James Sanchez of Seattle. The donation included two sets of 86-volume Middle East abstracts and indexes; total current value of the 172 volumes is estimated at $49,882. Dr. Aïda Khalafalla coordinated the gift.
Dr. Aïda Khalafalla next to poster showing donations from Books for Africa and MN Friends of the BA