Blegen Library

The Blegen Library covers all aspects of Greek civilization from earliest prehistory through late antiquity. It houses approximately 116,000 books and periodicals, plus extensive digital resources. As one of the premier research libraries in the world for classical studies and archaeology, and as one of the best in Greece, the Blegen is heavily used by Greek and international scholars as well as members of the School.


Starting Monday June 14th the Blegen library will be open to registered users by appointment.

The opening hours will be Monday-Friday 9:00-16:00. On Saturdays the library will remain closed.

Registered users who wish to use the library should send their requests to indicating the exact day and time they wish to come. Visits are limited to 3 times a week at present.

Users will be admitted to the library only after an email confirmation from the library staff. Upon arrival, visitors should give their names to the guard and have their temperature taken.

Masks are mandatory at all times along with disinfection of hands once entering the library and before and after using all equipment (kiosks, scanner, public terminals).

Access to the stacks is allowed provided that the social distance of 1.5m is maintained.

No new visitors cards will be issued; therefore no orientations at this stage will take place, until further notice.



Blegen Library News

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June 17, 2021

Pentecost 2021

Gennadius Library closed on June 21.

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December 11, 2020

Open Meeting 2020

Watch the video archive of our annual Open Meeting, that was held in a new virtual format. Jenifer Neils, the Director of the School, was joined, for the first time, by members of the academic staff, in a discussion on the School’s diverse initiatives.

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August 25, 2020

Gennadius Library Extended Opening Hours

From August 31, 2020, the Library has been 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 to 14:00. 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. The use of a non-surgical mask is obligatory.

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July 21, 2020

New addition in Blegen Library

Take a look at our new addition outside the epigraphy room of Blegen Library.

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June 30, 2020

Blegen Library’s Reopening

The Blegen Library will remain closed to non-members for the summer. We hope to open to non-members in September so please consult the School’s website at that time for further information.

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