A new chapter has begun for the National Library of Greece (NLG), as it has opened its doors to the public in its new premises
at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC).
The library's collection, which includes 5.400 manuscripts dating from the 9th to the 19th century, is one of the most extensive in the world. Among others it includes old maps, rare prototypes, engravings, and historical documents that constitute a valuable testament to Greek civilisation and culture.
Researchers, students, and the general public will have free access to collections of thousands of journals and manuscripts, while they will also be able to borrow works of literature and essays through the Library’s Lending Department. On Monday, January 14 the general public will gain access to all the collections of the research library
, while on the same day the historical Vallianos building, in the center of Athens, is expected to reopen as a newspaper reading room and the main information portal of the National Library of Greece.
It is worth noting that the historic transition of NLG to the SNFCC
was made possible through an exclusive grant of €5 million from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, covering the development of the NLG’s collection, the creation of the Library’s digital services, the development of the Library’s Public Section, an audience development campaign, staff training, and more.
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