City of Athens Central Library

κεντρική βιβλιοθήκη

The City of Athens Central Library is one of the oldest libraries in Greece.

It was founded by the mayor Anargyros Petrakis in 1835 and is now housed in the traditional building at 2 Domokou Street near Larissa Railway Station. The Library’s collection includes rare publications and consists of 65,000 books on various subjects, a newspaper archive from 1852 to 1999, an archive of 900 Journals from 1849 to the present day, an archive of Official Gazettes from 1833 to 2007, a rich bibliographic and photographic material on the history of the city of Athens.

It is also worth mentioning that the Library’s collection includes the libraries of major donors like Konstantinos (Agathofronas) Nikolopoulos, Georgios Haritakis, Dimitris Kambouroglou, Elias Tsirimokos and G. & I. Derveniotis, as well as the personal collection of Georgios Vlachos, which was purchased.

Users may enjoy two bright and comfortable reading rooms with free internet access (wifi), an electronic catalogue (OPAC) which one may consult by clicking here. The Library is a lending library, offering its services free of charge. Its members can be residents of the Attica region.

Occasionally, the Library hosts educational programmes, book presentations, tributes, exhibitions, seminars, etc. 

Visits by appointment only

Educational programmes and events

Working Hours
  • Weekdays
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday 09:00-17:00 | Tuesday, Thursday 09:00-19:00
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