The Library of Congress holds thousands of collection materials about and from Egypt. Curated by the Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division (AMED), this guide is part of a series of country guides that provide quick references for countries and regions.
This country guide provides links to major research resources for Egyptian studies from across the Library, including digitized rare books, free and subscription-based databases, books, serials, and special format materials such as maps, prints & photographs, audio visual recordings, etc.
Consisting of three sections—African, Hebrew and Near East—the African and Middles Eastern Division (AMED) is a major world resource center for Africa, the Middle East, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. The division has the custody of material in the non-Roman-alphabet languages of the region and sizable pamphlet collections on African Studies. Included in these collections are books, periodicals, newspapers, microforms, grey literature, and rarities including cuneiform tablets, manuscripts, incunabula (works printed before 1501) and other early African and Middle Eastern publications. Through its public reading room, reference librarians and curators provide researcher guidance and assistance in using the diverse collections available physically at the Library of Congress and the digital collections on the website.
Official Name: Arab Republic of Egypt
Population: 104,124,440 (July 2020 est.)
Area: 1,001,450 sq km (about three times the size of New Mexico)
Major River: Nile
Official Language: Arabic
Religion(s): Muslim (mostly Sunni) 90%, Christian (mostly Coptic Orthodox, other Christians include Armenian Apostolic, Catholic, Maronite, Orthodox, and Anglican) 10% (2015 est.)
[Information courtesy of CIA World Factbook]