Printed Collections

Microfilm and Photography Archive

The Archive, which belongs to the Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Medieval and Modern Greek Studies, contains approximately 150 microfilms and photographs of manuscripts and printed texts from the beginnings of modern Greek literature, and a number of microfilms of, mainly, mediaeval manuscripts.

Newspapers and Government Gazette

This 8000-volume collection is housed in the staff reading room and Basement B of the old library building. The material is non-loanable.

For most newspapers the Library’s collection does not include all published issues.

Newspapers titles list

Politis Nikolaos G. Collection

Nikolaos Politis is considered the father of the science of ethnology in Greece. His collection was bought by the University of Athens and donated to the University of Thessaloniki soon after it was founded, with the purpose of enriching its Library.

The 3870 volumes in the collection are mainly books on education, and include some rare editions.

Part of the collection has been digitised and is available in the Psifiothiki.

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.

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. 


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.


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. 

Textbooks (School Textbooks)

This collection was put together by library staff in collaboration with Professor Maria Dimasi of the School of Primary Education. It contains 1089 volumes of schoolbooks, readers, reprints, educational and conference bulletins, children’s literature, 4 atlases, a collection of coins, and a collection of etchings.