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. 210-7210536

Gennadeion News

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January 14, 2019

Library Reclassification Project: Blegen Library Final Closure Dates

Final update on the Blegen library’s closure dates: The library will close on March 4, 2019 to allow for the completion of the reclassification project. It is scheduled to reopen in June 2019. We will provide more information on the library's reopening as soon as possible.

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December 7, 2018

Gennadius Library hosts the 9th meeting of the Athens Archaeological Research Libraries

At the meeting of the Athens Archaeological Research Libraries, the Gennadius Library shared recent programming and updates to the reclassification project.

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The Greeks and the Making of Modern Egypt

  • March 12, 2019
  • 19:00
  • ASCSA, Cotsen Hall, 9 Anapiron Polemou, 106 76 Athens