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. Rare maps of the Mediterranean, early editions of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey and a laurel wreath belonging to Lord Byron are just some of the unique items to be found here.


In addition to its role as an internationally renowned library and research institution, the Library is an active participant in the Athenian and international cultural community through its public lectures, seminars, concerts, exhibitions, and publications.

Come visit us at 61 Souidias Street, 106 76 Athens
Tel. +30-210-7210536

Gennadeion News

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March 19, 2019

Gennadius Library closed on March 25

The Gennadius Library will be closed on Monday, March 25, 2019.

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March 14, 2019

Closure of the Gennadius Library May 20,2019-August 18, 2019

ASCSA's libraries (Blegen, Gennadius and the Wiener Laboratory) are undergoing a major reclassification project for their collections following the Library of Congress system of call numbers. In order for the work to be completed most efficiently and with the least inconvenience to our users, libraries closure is inevitable.The Gennadius Library will close on May 20, 2019 through August 18, 2019. In the case of a change in the dates a new notice will be issued. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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February 12, 2019

HARRIS XENOS, Collage - Transubstantiation: A Dialogue with the Collection of Joannes Gennadius

The opening of the exhibition "HARRIS XENOS, Collage - Transubstantiation: A Dialogue with the Collection of Joannes Gennadius" took place on February 7 in the Gennadius Library Reading Room.

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Echoes of the Classics - A Voice and Piano Recital by CHIMERA

  • April 11, 2019
  • 7:00pm
  • ASCSA, Cotsen Hall, 9 Anapiron Polemou, 106 76 Athens