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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December 12, 2019

Hours of the Blegen library during the Christmas holidays

During the Christmas holiday period, the Blegen library will be closed to visitors on the following days: December 24, 25, 26, 31, January 1 and January 6. No new cards will be issued and no orientations will take place between December 24th and January 6th.

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December 6, 2019

Hours of the Gennadius Library during the Holidays

The Gennadius Library will remain closed the following days: December 18 from 1:30 pm, December 20 from 2:00 pm, December 24, December 25, December 26, December 31, January 1, and January 6.

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November 25, 2019

New Book on Ottoman Athens

We are very proud to announce the publication of “Ottoman Athens: Archaeology, Topography, History” edited by Maria Georgopoulou (Director of the Gennadius Library) and Konstantinos Thanasakis [289 pages, 95 illustrations]. The book was published by the Gennadius Library and the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, with the support of the Association of the Philoi of the Gennadius Library.

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Francesco Morosini and his Legacy on Crete, Athens and the Morea

  • November 19, 2019
  • Ioannis Makryiannis Wing of the Gennadius Library