If you asked me as a Spotter after 14 years in living in Cairo about my favorite place to go during the weekend, I would definitely choose Misr Public Library, because reading has been my favorite hobby ever since my childhood, and this library was the first place I visited once I moved to live in Cairo in my first year of university.
I can write down tens of advantages for visiting this place for lovers of reading, but I’ll just mention the six main reasons.
First, the wide range of books in many genres in Arabic and English: novels, history, religions, economy, art, as well as books for children.
Second: the quiet atmosphere there is the perfect choice for studying and working, especially with some PCs which have good internet connection. When I was in university, I used to study there before my exams.
Third: the nice garden that fits the warm mornings in autumn and winter. Besides that, kids enjoy playing there.
Fourth: the cozy cafeteria with a few options for fresh sandwiches will give you the chance to read all the daily newspapers and magazines with a cup of tea or coffee.
The fifth reason is you can check for many courses, festivals, seminars and discussions every week.
Finally, the library is very close to the Nile and the cornice and I enjoy the long walks after a long day of reading there.