Bibliotheca Alexandrina: Ancient and Modern

The sparkling, new library in Alexandria, Egypt has an enormous reputation to live up to. The original, built by Alexander's general Ptolemy I Soter, became known as the greatest library in the world.

The new library, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, hopes to fulfill the promise of the original whose collection was destroyed over several centuries.

An article from The Hindu, India's national newspaper, chronicles the history of the great library.