The presidency launched the Egyptian Knowledge Bank project on Saturday as part of an initiative dubbed "Toward an Egyptian community that learns, thinks, and innovates", announced by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in December 2014.
The initiative is composed of short-term, medium-term and long-term projects.
The president's media office announced that the Education and Scientific Research Council signed agreements with 26 international publishing houses last Thursday, as part of the Egyptian Knowledge Bank project, making it the largest digital library in the world.
The digital library will include the publications of the world's largest publishing houses and will be available on the Internet starting January 2016.
The publishing houses include Springer Nature, National Geographic, Discovery, Elsevier, Cambridge, Oxford and Reuters, among others. The library will cover all areas of knowledge and educational curricula, the media office announced in a statement.
The Education and Scientific Research Council embarked on the formation of a Board of Trustees to develop a vision and strategy for the project.
The Egyptian Knowledge Bank project is the first of its kind and the largest in the world, said Tarek Shawky, secretary of the presidency's special councils.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm