One of Greece's national treasures, with over 138,000 holdings illuminating Greek civilization


Gennadius Library


Opened in 1926 with the 26,000 volume collection of diplomat and bibliophile Joannes Gennadius, the Gennadius Library houses rare books and bindings, research materials, manuscripts, archives, and works of art that illuminate Hellenism, Greece, and neighboring civilizations from antiquity to modern times. Following a major renovation and reclassification project completed in August 2019, 90,000 research titles freely available in open stacks offer for the first time the opportunity to registered researchers to explore this unique resource for the history of Greece through the ages. For hours and more information click here.

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Address: 61 Souidias Street, 106 76 Athens
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September 17, 2019

Opening of the exhibition “Spolia: Transcripts of the Stones of the Little Metropolis”

The opening of the exhibition "Spolia: Transcripts of the Stones of the Little Metropolis" that took place on Tuesday September 10 in the Ioannis Makriyannis Wing was a great success.

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September 12, 2019

Gennadius Library at the 85th IFLA Congress

The new Digital Humanities project Traveltrails was presented as a Poster Session at the 85th IFLA Congress at the Athens Megaron on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 August, 2019.

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September 9, 2019

Gennadius Library acquires 18th century paper icon of Mount Sinai

The Library acquired a very rare paper icon with a general view of Mount Sinai (Γενικ? ?ποψι? το? ?ρου? Σιν?), at the June Vergos Auction in Athens

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Spolia: Transcripts of the stones of the Little Metropolis

  • September 10, 2019
  • 19.00
  • Ioannis Makriyannis Wing of the Gennadius Library

Nights of Classical Music at the Gennadius Library, Sept. 18-21, 2019

  • September 18, 2019
  • 20.30
  • ASCSA, Cotsen Hall, 9 Anapiron Polemou, 106 76 Athens

Awaiting to be discovered: The bells of Mount Athos

  • September 27, 2019
  • 15.00
  • The Pia Zombanakis Conference Room