† St. Mark library
of the Coptic Orthodox Church is a dream that is starting to
come true It will be one of the most organized church libraries
in the world as it will take advantage of experiences in libraries,
presentation methods and designs.
† It will be a model of electronic libraries whose manuscripts
will be accessible through the Internet and available to all
researchers in the world.
† It will be a rich library in spite of the significant
losses of manuscripts over time. There still are over 4000 manuscripts
and thousands of rare books ready to be placed in the new library.
The acquisition committee is working to acquire a copy of every
Coptic manuscript in the libraries of the world.
† His Holiness Pope Shenouda III has dedicated 3-4 floors
in the new modern building in Amba Rewis "see picture on
The special committees are already at work and meeting regularly
to realize the following program:
† Completion of the new Patriarchate services building
† The completion and interior design of the floors designated
to the Coptic Public Library.
† The design and implementation of the facilities necessary
to house the manuscripts, texts, electronic versions, and periodicals.
† Design of the reading rooms and the research facilities
including advanced communication and research systems and computers.
† Support the restoration of the valuable manuscripts
at the Restoration Center of the Monastery of St. Mina monastery.
† Identification and support of trained librarians and
† Installation of appropriate software systems for the
management of the Library.
† Identification and procurement of electronic copies
of the Coptic manuscripts and treasures which are available
in the world museums and libraries.
† The establishment of an endowment fund for the continuity
of the mission of the Patriarchal Library.
necessary and essential goals will be reached by the Grace of
God and the support and prayers of Copts in Egypt and throughout
the world, together with all those
people of good will who cherish the vibrant history and future
Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria.