Rare Books

The Central Library’s incunabula and old book collection is the product of long-term collective effort.

It was first catalogued by the University Library Supervisory Committee in 1990 in cooperation with the Library Material Research and Study Committee, which assembled a collection of books originating primarily from bequests and donations by Eleftheropoulos, Kalligas, Konstantinidis, Politis, Triantafyllidis and Trikoglou.

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Reference books

The collection includes encyclopaedias, dictionaries and general reference books. Reference books are non-loanable. 

The Central Library’s collection of reference books contains 6800 volumes and is located in the Scientific Reading Room; older editions are located in Basement A. 

Includes more than 400 books from the following collections:

  1. Chemical Petrochemical and Process Collection,
  2. Electronics and Electrical Collection, και
  3. Mechanical and Materials Collection


The collection consists of 40,000 reprints and pamphlets collected by the Central Library. More than 2500 volumes have been processed already and the Library is currently processing the rest of the collection.

SciELO Citation Index (1997-present) provides access to scholarly literature in sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities published in leading open access journals from Latin American, Portugal, Spain and South Africa. 

Science Citation Index Expanded™, accessed via Web of Science™ Core Collection, provides researchers, administrators, faculty, and students with quick, powerful access to the bibliographic and citation information they need to find research data, analyze trends, journals and researchers, and share their findings.

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Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. Scopus delivers an overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and arts and humanities. 


The collection consists of 919 Greek and 3144 foreign language journal titles. It is arranged alphabetically in the Staff Reading Room and in Basement B of the old library building.