Athens libraries and bookshops

On this page of the free Athens travel guide, you can find the most important Athens libraries, owned by the Greek state or privately supported. And as a bonus to book lovers from around the world, there is also a selection of the coolest Athens bookshops.

For each of the Athens libraries and bookshops you may find:

  • the name of the Athens library or bookshop and perhaps a a video;
  • a short description of the Athens bookshop or library;
  • visiting information including opening times, address and map location, telephone if available, and details on how to get there using public transport.


Athens libraries and bookshops (Table of contents)



Athens Libraries


The National Library of Greece

Operating in three buildings (Vallianio, Votanikos, and Kiskin), the National Library of Greece has a huge and impressive lecture hall. In it, you can discover its vast collection of historical documents.

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Library of the Hellenic Parliament

Inside the imposing building of the Parliament, there is a beautiful library which is open to the public. It is a general library, with the aim to support parliamentary work.

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Central Library of the Municipality of Athens

Housing over 55,000 books focused mostly on literature, history, and art, it is the perfect place to go to discover rare volumes. It ranks third in size and importance after the National Library and the Library of the Hellenic Parliament, but first for its newspaper archives.

The National Library of Greece, the Central Library of the Municipality of Athens and the Library of the Hellenic Parliament are the three oldest libraries of Athens.

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Gennadius Library

The Gennadius Library is a privately supported research and rare books library. With over 120,000 books, archives, and manuscripts, the Gennadius Library is one of the most complete Hellenistic libraries in all the world. However, it has volumes in almost all the languages.

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Eugenides Foundation Library

Specialized in science and technology, the Eugenides Foundation Library is open since 1966. It also has a children’s section and a children’s reading club. Visitors can easily borrow books and use the computer room of this library.

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Athens bookshops


Lexikopoleio

Lexikopoleio is the only bookshop in Athens that has books of literature for sale in five different languages: English, Frech, Italian, Spanish, and, of course, Greek. Upstairs, you can find language dictionaries that are quite varied. Lexikopoleio also has comics, children’s books, local and foreign press. Depending on the number of languages you know you might end up spending a few good hours in this lovely and friendly bookshop.

The books in foreign languages are sold at the same price as in their country of origin.

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Booktique

The little bookshop is located in Kolonaki. It features not only books in Greek, but also in other foreign languages. At Booktique, you can also buy yourself a new bag or some jewelry, all made by local Greek artists.

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Euripides

Euripides offers books in English and Greek in two Athens bookshops:

  • Euripides at the Stoa was the first bookshop of the small chain. From a small corner bookshop it grew into one of the largest in Greece. On its four floors, it offers thousands of volumes in Greek and foreign languages, children’s books, art books and albums, travel books and maps, and dictionaries. It has a café on the 1st floor inside the bookshop and another outside, in the courtyard.
  • Euripides in Kifissia has a similar offer in books, and an elegant café of its own.

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Le Livre Ouvert

At this French library you can find not only the works of French writers, but also foreign writers translated in French. Le Livre Ouvert has the classics and the latest releases for you to browse and choose from. It is also a meeting point for French-speaking residents, weather expats or true Athenians.

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Poems n’ Crimes Art Bar

Located near the Monastiraki Square, Poems n’ Crimes is not only a bookshop, but also a café-bar and printing office. The café offers traditional Greek food cooked with a twist and lovely wines, which go great with a good book.

On warm evenings, you may come across a nice concert in the hidden backyard.

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