Computers:  Laptop computers may be used in the Reading Room.

Workstations: Public terminals are installed against the East wall of the Reading Room. Readers may use flashdrives on these machines.Research workstations are provided for library-related research and educational purposes only. No e-mail browsing is allowed. The use of library research workstations is subject to applicable laws, copyright restrictions, and license agreements.

Available online resources: From each library research workstation readers have access to the Library’s public websites, including the online catalog, and networked online resources covering numerous subject areas. Access to some resources may be limited to one or more locations; some resources may require additional authorization. Generally, these restrictions on access reflect licensing requirements to which the Library is bound.


The priority of the Library is the preservation and safety of its collections. So, while we strive to provide the best possible service to our users, we reserve the right to refuse the reproduction of materials which may be endangered by the processes used.

The Library requires the deposit of a digital copy of all professional reproductions via DVD, USB or other electronic means (ftp, dropbox, wetransfer etc.).

1. Photography – scanning for personal, scholarly use

Readers may take photographs of or scan collection materials for their personal use in the Reading Room, using their personal camera or overhead scanners, provided that the condition of the material allows it. Library staff reserves the right to restrict or prohibit photography when it may physically damage materials; disrupt other readers; violate donor restrictions and purchasing agreements; or if items have been previously digitized.

NB: According to the law, whole books may not be reproduced. 

2. Photocopying

No self-service photocopying is available. Upon request, photocopies can made by the Reading Room staff for a price of € 0,20 per page only if the condition of the book or printed material allows it. Manuscripts, rare books as well as books published earlier than the beginning of the 20th century cannot be photocopied. Photocopies are normally single-page; copying two facing pages on one sheet can be made only if the binding of the book allows it.

Photocopies need to be prepaid at the time of the request.

3. Professional Photography

The Library does not provide professional photography services. Readers can hire their own photographer to work in the Reading Room after consultation with the Reading Room staff regarding the appropriate day and time. 

Any consultation, financial arrangement or other transaction with the photographer including notification of the entrance Guards and the Reading Room staff about arrival time, is the sole responsibility of the user and has to be made directly with the photographer without any involvement of the Library staff. The Reading Room staff merely facilitates the reader by keeping the material to be photographed on hold. 

Indicatively, we mention photographer Elias Eliadis (e-mail: – tel.: +30-210-72.50.323 – fax +30-210-72.50.324 mobile phone: 6944-510597), who has worked for the Library for many years.

4. NON-EXCLUSIVE LICENCE TO REPRODUCE (minimum processing time: 5 working days)

Readers should fill and sign the appropriate form, which has to be approved by the Director of the Library. 

In case of publication or exhibition, details of the item or the institution as well as the format (electronic or other) in which the image will be published should be mentioned. 

In case of posting on the internet or on digitally, the use of the special digital watermark of the American School is required on each image.

There is no charge for the use of any photographic material in scholarly publications. In the case of commercial publications, there is a fee, which is used to defray the expense of repairs and other conservation needs of the collection. The publication fee per image is € 40 for Greece and € 200 for other countries. Fees are granted for one edition only and in no case whatsoever, do they ensure the exclusive right to use the photograph.

Every published photograph should be accompanied by:

a) the full bibliographic information of the source as mentioned in the application form,

b) the full name of the photographer, and

c) the indication:

Gennadius Library, American School of Classical Studies at Athens

In the rare cases that the Gennadius Library is the copyright holder, a special arrangement must be made with the relevant department of the Library (