The Ground Floor
As a unique beacon of culture, heritage and literature, this floor is especially designed to welcome all library patrons with the art works of many influential figures in all disciplines locally, regionally and internationally.
1. The Reception
There are many artistic touches present at the reception; the first is embodied in two Roman oil paintings hung in the front and two panoramic miniature models of October 6 University (O6U) and the Culture and Science City. At the end of the reception, other two miniature models are placed; one for O6U green areas and faculties and another for the Culture and Science City with different scales. The reception hosts the civilizations hall which includes two miniature models expressing the beginning of the age of culture and science; one for the Rosetta Stone that is made out of glass fiber-reinforced polyester and another for the ancient Egyptian writer.
2. The Depository
Library patrons are requested to leave their personal belongings in the depository until finishing their library work. A professional staff undertakes this function.
3. The Hall of Civilizations
The hall is decorated with a number of outstanding oil paintings for Egyptian and national key figures and influential men of letters such as Naguib Mahfouz, Youssef Idris, Aisha Abd Al-Rahman (a.k.a. Bint Al-Shat’e), Ali Mubarak Suleiman, Edward Said, Tawfiq Al-Hakim, Taha Hussein, Ali Musharaffa, Ahmed Zewail, Farouk El-Baz, Muhammad Mutawalli Al-Sha’raawi, Abbas Al-Aqqad, Yahya Haqqi, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, Youssef El-Sebai and Refa’a Rafe’ Al-Tahtawy. One side is entirely covered with a mosaic mural for Naguib Mahfouz and the other has a similar one for Tawfiq Al-Hakim. Additionally, there are some antique reproductions and models for ancient Egypt.