The American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Blegen Library

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    54 Souidias Street,
    GR-106 76, Athens,
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One of two libraries of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the Blegen Library focuses on all aspects of Greece and the Greeks from the earliest prehistory through late antiquity.The Library currently has more than 110,000 volumes and nearly 700 periodicals. In its field, it is one of the premier research libraries in the world and the best in Greece. The Blegen library is open to Members of the American School of Classical Studies, and to approved visitors.

Members and Visitors alike are required to follow the Rules of the Blegen Library



Starting Monday July 16th, 2018, we will be classifying all new books following the Library of Congress classification system.

Books with LC numbers will be shelved for the time being in the New Book Shelf in the Reference area. Users who need to sign them out,  must make sure to return them there.

More updates will follow….




As of June 20, the process of moving the rare books of the Blegen Library to their new home in the Gennadeion, where all ASCSA’s special collections are now housed, will begin. Therefore these books will no longer be accessible in the Blegen but can be consulted across the street at the end of July 2018. This is a permanent change necessitated by the construction of new shelving in the Gennadeion and the future renovations of the Blegen Library.



Starting September 2017, ASCSA's libraries (Blegen, Gennadius and the Wiener Laboratory) are undergoing a major reclassification project for their collections following the Library of Congress system of call numbers.

In order for the work to be completed most efficiently and with the least inconvenience to our users, libraries closure is inevitable. At this point, according to the proposed timetable, the libraries will not be accessible to any users during the Spring semester of 2019 (January to June).

For more information on the project please see:


Blegen Library News

Blegen Library will be closed July 4

Blegen Library will be closed to visitors on Wednesday July 4, 2018, in observance of Independence Day.

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Blegen Library’s August opening hours

During the month of August, the Blegen Library will be open to visitors Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 to 15:30 and will be closed on Saturdays. No new cards will be issued during the month and no orientations will take place.

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“Triumph Over Time” in Ano Koufinisi

"Τriumph Over Time," a film about Greece produced in 1947 by the American School, will be played during the summer on the island of Ano Koufonissi, at the old δημοτικό σχολείο, which has been renovated to house the island's antiquities collection. The event is part of Constellations in the Dirt (Αστερισμοί στο Χώμα) organized by NEON and the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades

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