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Athens Municipal Library

Former military building, opposite of Athens Central Railway Station, transformed into the Athens Municipal Library.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1835 It was the first attempt of the municipality to create a municipal library.

    1936 The library was founded and operated in various buildings, but mainly on the city hall’s ground floor.

    1941 The building was constructed.

    2002 The municipal library was housed here.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

The central library of the Municipality of Athens is housed in a building which consists of a central part and two wings on either side. It was a military building, as can be seen from its architecture. The modernist style propylon exudes Doricism and is a classicist reference. The space includes two reading rooms and various events (e.g. book presentations, exhibitions, tributes) and educational programs take place. Behind the library, the philharmonic orchestra of the Municipality of Athens is housed in a separate building.

What I can't see

The building was built by the Germans in World War II, to house Gestapo services. After the war, it became property of the Greek Army and later, of the Municipality of Athens. It is not a very citizen-friendly building, not only because it resembles a barracks, but also because it is not located in a central area and the front sidewalk is too narrow. There were plans to upgrade the building, but the project was not completed. The library has rare editions, 65,000 titles, newspaper archives from 1852 to 1999, 900 magazine titles from 1849 to this day, government gazette archive from 1833 to 2007, a big photographic archive and donor collections.


  • Address: 2 Domokou St.
  • Phone: +30 210 8846011, 210 8846012


Yohalas T., Kafetzaki Τ., (2013), Αθήνα, Ιχνηλατώντας την πόλη με οδηγό την ιστορία και τη λογοτεχνία [Athens, Tracing the city guided by history and literature], ESTIA Bookstore


Field observation by scientific editors


Mitropoulou K., (d.u.), Αθήνα, μνήμες και κτήρια, [Athens, memories and buildings], Athens: Sideris Publication


OPANDA, Κεντρική Βιβλιοθήκη, [central library]

Last visit 13/3/2024