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LIBRARY PROFILE

The Library services a great number of people daily. Its qualified librarians attend to organizational, secretarial and administrative issues and are also responsible for desk operations and (electronic) information retrieval. For certain types of work, the librarians are assisted by groups or by individual students who offer their services on a voluntary basis, sometimes within the context of course-related projects.

Functioning today as a lending library, it provides free access to the stacks. However, lending rights are extended only to the Faculty student body, teaching-staff members, visitors and other parties as specified by the internal regulations of the Library.

Its catalogued entries number approximately 18,500 items, with an approximate total of 2,500 book volumes, rapidly on the increase. It also hosts 237 journal titles, out of which 34 are ongoing subscriptions.
The Library infrastructure, especially as regards computers, is not sufficient to cover the needs of its large number of users. However, significant efforts are being made to improve its conditions and enrich its holdings in book titles and electronic material. Users now have access to 16 terminals for Internet research and for University library catalogue searches. Despite its poor funding, our Faculty’s Library is a model for other libraries and study centres in the School of Philosophy.

Donation of books to the Library is welcome. In fact, the Library holds a significant number of books donated not only by retiring or active Faculty members, but also by the Embassies of Ireland, Canada and the U.S.A., by the British Council and by other benefactors.

It systematically hosts book exhibitions, in collaboration with foreign cultural agencies, or with accredited Greek and international publishing houses. In the context of these exhibitions, the publishing houses donate books for English language teaching, books about the English language and Anglophone literary works.