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


Gennadius Library

*** Closure of the Gennadius Library May 20 - August 18, 2019 ***
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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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June 11, 2019

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

The Gennadius Library is undergoing a major reclassification project of its collections according to the Library of Congress system. This change will allow stack access to the Library’s research collections. In order for the work to be completed most efficiently, the Library will remain closed to the public from May 20 through August 18, 2019. We apologize for the inconvenience. The Gennadius will reopen on Monday August 19, 2019 with a limited summer schedule as follows Monday-Thursday 9:00 – 16.30, Friday 9:00 – 15:00 (closed on Saturday).

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June 7, 2019

Blegen Library’s re-opening for visitors

Βlegen Library is re -opening for visitors on Monday, June 10, 2019 after having completed the reclassification project. Since it is important for visitors to become familiar with the new arrangements and procedures, they are requested to attend one of the scheduled orientations:

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May 29, 2019

Acropolis Redux: Caryatid/Frieze Events

The American School invites you to four upcoming events in conjunction with the exhibition Acropolis Redux: Caryatid/Frieze, on display now in the Ioannis Makriyannis Wing of the Gennadius Library.

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