Using the Library

The Gennadius Library is a privately supported Research and Rare book library. Its special collections include manuscripts, archives, rare books and works of art. Many of its holdings are invaluable and irreplaceable. Please respect the privilege of handling these items and help us preserve the marerial in the best possible way by following the rules and regulations of the Reading Room.

The Gennadius Library is non-circulating.  No book or document may leave the library.

We welcome all serious researchers to use the Library and its collections.

First-time readers must apply for a library card. Please click on the "Apply Now" button below. 
To avoid disappointment when you arrive at the library, and to find out what documents you need to bring to obtain this, please contact the desk attendant at:

All readers must follow the instructions of the desk attendants and abide by the rules and regulations of the Reading Room. Please consult the reading room rules prior to visiting the library.


Opening Hours of the Gennadius Library from August 30, 2021

From Monday, August 30, 2021, the Library will be open to registered users as follows: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 to 17:00; Thursday 9:30 to 20:00 and Saturday 9:30 - 14:00. Researchers are required to carry with them a certificate of vaccination against Covid-19 or certificate of Covid-19 infection (valid for six months), issued by their country's national authority, that will be presented at the gate. The use of a non-surgical mask is obligatory. Due to the epidemiological condition, free access to the bookstacks will not be allowed. The number of readers will be limited to a maximum of 9, who will only be allowed to use the Main Reading Room.

To set an appointment to use the Library send an e-mail to: The email should indicate the preferred time and the list of books and periodicals you need to consult, which should have been already selected via the online catalog AMBROSIA. The maximum number of books per day is 5. Readers will be admitted only after receiving a confirmation e-mail from the Reading Room Attendant.

Upon arrival, the readers must give their name to the entrance guard on Souidias 54. After the name is matched with the list of visitors, their temperature will be taken. Upon entering the Library, it is mandatory to disinfect the hands with the antiseptic liquid located at the entrance of the Reading Room.

The Reading Room Attendant points the reader to the designated study table where the books requested by email will be delivered.  Strict social distancing rules of at least 1.5 meters must be adhered to during the entire consultation with the Gennadius staff. It is forbidden to change reading tables, to use the public terminals and scanners of the Library, the card catalog as well as to exchange books.

After completing his/her study, the reader leaves the books at the predetermined point. The books cannot be consulted again before 72 hours, when they will be reshelved by the staff.

Please review the Rules and Regulations.



Tel. +30-210-7210536