Visiting the Library

Gradual reopening of the Gennadius Library as of June 3, 2020

The Gennadius Library will gradually resume its readers’ services on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

In phase I, the Library will be open to registered users from Monday to Friday 9:30 to 16:00; 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 reader must give his/her 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.

Readers are advised to use a mask.

After completing his/her study, the reader leaves the books at the predetermined point. The books cannot be consulted again before 72 hours.

The Gennadius Library will be closed August 14-21, 2020.


Regular Academic year Hours (September to June)

Open Stacks Research Collection             Rare Books & Special Collections

Monday          9:00 to 16:45                         Monday              10:00 to 15:30

Tuesday          9:00 to 16:45                        Tuesday              10:00 to 15:30

Wednesday     9:00 to 16:45                        Wednesday        10:00 to 15:30

Thursday         9:00 to 19:45                        Thursday            12:00 to 19:00

Friday              9:00 to 16:45                        Friday                 10:00 to 15:30

Saturday         9:00 to 13:45                        Saturday             10:00 to 12:00

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. 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: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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.



Tel. +30-210-7210536