CAIRO – 9 November 2021: The Heliopolis Association will celebrate on November 10 the 75th anniversary of establishing the Heliopolis Library, with the participation of a group of senior officials, writers and journalists.
As part of the celebration, documentary films that tell the story of the library's eventful history will be screened, a photo exhibition entitled "Witness To the Era" will be held to shed light on the most important personalities who visited the library in its opening ceremony in 1946 and throughout the years; and a concert of Egyptian heritage music will be held.
President of the Heliopolis Association Nabil Helmy said that the library’s founding stone was laid by King Farouk in 1945 and began operating on November 20, 1946 in the name of “Library of Princess Feryal,” the youngest daughter of King Farouk.
Helmy pointed out that in 1984 a project was implemented to rehabilitate and renovate the library. At the time of its second opening in 1984, the number of books in the library had reached 10,000 books in Arabic, English and French.
It is also worth mentioning that the library’s Cinema Club was established in 1986, and the library was automated in 1990. In 1996, the library’s theater was expanded and a new building for the children's library was established. A computer center was established in 1997, a cultural café was established in 1998, an activities halls in 2003, and a language center in 2003.