How can I visit Alexandria and not know that there is a pillar called Bombay Pompey’s pillar there?
There is some serious tut-tut-tutting going on
More wonderful than anticipated. It was highly anticipated. I spent much of the time there sitting, listening to the building, watching the students. The library website has a collection of photographs of the museum, its settings and collections.
The library has a ‘Nobel section’ that is furnished with a replica of the furniture and lighting designed specially for the Nobel Institute in Stockholm and contains the book collections of Nobel Prize Laureates in Literature from 1901-2006. I don’t think that fits strictly with the Dewey Decimal system. It is a socially meaningful way to highlight books ‘I’d like something from the Nobel room please… ‘
There are several museums, a planetarium and a caligraphy centre within the Library. This makes sense to me, being more than a repository of books, being a place to explore the world beyond the here and now. Most libraries are more than a repository of books, this one has so many enticing advantages through imagination, United Nations funding and gifts from many countries.
I had less than an hour at the Library
The library warranted staying in Alexandria for at least a year…. …seeking sponsorship for specialist research…. ….something more than a tourist walkthrough….