The Onassis Library on Greek & Roman Art at the Metropolitan Museum of NYC

The library of the National Archaeological Museum in Athens

Inside view of the Onassis Library for the Greek & Roman Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art,

Inside view of the Onassis Library for the Greek & Roman Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art,

The library of the Byzantine & Christian Museum in Athens

The library of the National Archaeological Museum in Athens

The Library of the Byzantine & Christian Museum in Athens

The Library of the Byzantine & Christian Museum in Athens

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THE BENAKI MUSEUM LIBRARY
THE BENAKI MUSEUM LIBRARY

In 2010, the Foundation decided to financially assist in the expansion and re-organization of the Library of the Benaki Museum. The said works were co-funded by the Museum and their completion is expected by the end of the current year.

The Benaki Museums Library was established in 1931 and consisted mainly of Antonis Benakisprivate book collection. Today the Library holds more than 150,000 volumes that were acquired through purchases, donations and exchanges, thus being Greeces largest Library in a Museum.

Included in the Library's valuable collections are the sections of Byzantine and post-Byzantine manuscripts (10-19th century), old and rare editions with archetypes and commemorative scrapbooks (15-19th century) as well as richly illustrated texts from the years of the Ottoman Yoke. The Collection is supplemented by other editions relevant to Greek and foreign art, history, literature, folk art and tradition, religion and education.

In remote parts of the Museum there are annexes of the Library with several thousand books: 10,000 in the N. Chatzikyriakos-Gikas Gallery, 15,000 in the Historical Archives, 9,000 at the Photographic archive, 7,000 at the Modern Greek Architecture Archives, 7,000 at the section of Toys and Childhood and 7,500 at the Filippos Iliou Bibliological Workshop. The books of the collections of both the main library and all annexes have been digitally archived and are available online.

The Library provides material for participation in exhibitions in Greece and abroad, in conferences and symposiums, organizes guided tours and lectures, publishes catalogues and publishes articles in magazines. Worth mentioning is the recent enrichment of the Library with the 25,000-volume unique collection of books and periodicals of Alexandros Argyriou on 20th century Greek literature, as well as the donation to the Library, of Anastasios Kanellopoulos' 5,000 books by his daughter, Amalia Megapanou.

For further information on the library, please visit its website.

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