Recent Transformations in Egyptian Libraries : on the Fringe of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina

After a dormancy of forty years, Egypt has taken up its libraries again. Within the framework of a policy of adjustment, the emphasis had been put on the improvement of the supply of holdings specializing in economics, then two luxurious public libraries saw completion in Cairo in 1995. Librarians have reinforced their professional structures. The Information and Decision Support Center, the mainspring of the computerization of Egyptian libraries, plays an important role in professional training, and seeks to enlarge its competence in the conservation of its heritage collections. A lot of effort has been put into identifying a viable model of the public library which could be generalized across the country. Sustained cooperation with Egyptian libraries would be fruitful for all parties.