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

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December 13, 2018

Hours of the Gennadius Library during the Holidays

The Gennadius Library will remain closed the following days: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 2:00 pm Friday, December 21, 2018 from 2:00 pm Monday, December 24, 2018 Tuesday, December 25, 2018 Wednesday, December 26, 2018 Monday, December 31, 2018 Tuesday, January 1, 2019

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December 10, 2018

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 and January 1. No new cards will be issued and no orientations will take place between December 24th and January 6th.

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