for its new library, between the campus and the seafront, close to where the ancient library once stood. The notion of recreating the ancient library was soon enthusiastically adopted by other individuals and agencies. UNESCO, as well as several states and organizations, were also keen to embrace the concept of endowing the Mediterranean region with a center of cultural and scientific excellence. The New Library's architecture is equally striking (Figs.66-67). The main reading room stands beneath a 32-meter-high glass-paneled roof, tilted out toward the sea like a sundial, and measuring some 160 m in diameter. The walls are of gray Aswan granite, carved with characters from 120 different human scripts.
Fig. 66. Bibliotheca Alexandrina