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  Working Hours: Monday - Friday 08:00 - 20:00 & Saturday 09:00 - 15:00  
  Hours of User Services: Monday - Friday 08:30 - 19:30 & Saturday 09:30 - 14:30  

Secretariat: Monday - Friday 09:00 - 15:00   Interlibrary Loan Office: Monday - Friday 08:30 -14:30
Telephone Numbers: Information: 210 727 6599 Secretariat: 210 727 6525 Fax: 210 727 6524
Website: www.lib.uoa.gr/sci Library e-Mail: sci[at]lib.uoa[dot]gr Loan Office e-Mail: sci-loan[at]lib.uoa[dot]gr

Location and Equipment:

The Library of the School of Science is housed in a separate three-story building located between the buildings of the Faculties of Mathematics and Physics and its total area is 6,315 sq.m. It includes: six (6) Reading Rooms with 550 study seats, four (4) Group Study Rooms of six persons each, a Computer Room with twenty (20) workstations and free use of the Internet for its members, and 13 Search Stations to search the Open Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) of the University of Athens Libraries.

Location diagram
The main entrance of the Library

Floor Plans:

On the first floor there are stack rooms 1 and 2 which accommodate almost all the library books. The stack room 2 locates the Course Books and the Rare Books. On this floor there are also an Open Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) Search Station, a Service Point and restrooms.
On the second floor there are stack rooms 3, 4, 5 and 6, which accommodate bound or unbound older magazine issues. Stack room 6 also accommodates: a) Reference material, b) Diploma theses, c) Postgraduate theses, d) PhD Theses and e) the Audiovisual Material. On the same floor - in specially designated areas - are valuable editions, a Meeting Room, a Service Point, an Open Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) Search Station and restrooms.
On the third floor there are: a Service Point, an Open Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) Search Room, a Reading Room for the study of reference and cartographic material, a Reading Room/Showroom of New Entrants Books & Magazines, the Computer Room, Reading Rooms, two (2) Group Study Rooms, the Photocopying Room, a room with workstations for supporting people with disabilities, the Interlibrary Loan and Documentation Office and restrooms.
On the fourth floor there are the Library's Secretariat Office, a Service Point, an Open Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) Search Room, two (2) Reading Rooms, two (2) Group Study Rooms, the Conference Hall, the Head of Library Office and offices of the rest of library staff.

Library's Collection:

Most of the Library's collection covers the following subject areas: Mathematics, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Biology, Geology & Geoenvironment, Physics, Information Technology & Telecommunications. More specifically, the collection comprises 107,000 monographs (80,000 titles) and approximately 2,080 journal titles and it is divided into two categories, depending on the accessibility:

  1. Open Access Collection, which includes books, periodicals, audiovisual materials, theses, dissertations, reprints, course manuals, dictionaries, encyclopedias and maps. The books are classified and filed according to the Dewey decimal classification system (DDC), while magazines are filed in title alphabetical order. The material in the collection can be accessed through the Open Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) of the University of Athens Libraries.
  2. Limited Access (Closed) Collection, which includes rare and valuable material stored in a specially equipped room. Users have access upon special permission for a limited time and only in a designated area by the Library staff. However, the material of this collection can be accessed through the Open Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) of the University of Athens Libraries.
  Also available is the University of Athens Digital Library System "PERGAMOS" which hosts a number of individual digital collections, such as: a) the collection of the University of Athens Historical Archive (includes the archive of the School of Science with the minutes of its meetings), b) the "K. A. Psachos" Music Library Collection, c) the Folklore Archive, d) the Museum Collection and e) the Theatrical Collection. The Digital Library System "PERGAMOS" is constantly growing and soon is expected to include, among others, the Mineralogical Museum Collection.

All members of the University of Athens Community and the Library users have the following royalties:

Free access and search to the Open Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) of the University of Athens Libraries. There are several special places with computers which are intended exclusively for searching the University of Athens Libraries OPAC within the Library area.
Free access and search to the catalogue of the University of Athens subscriptions to scientific journals which uphold more than a thousand (1.000) magazine titles. Search for the desired journal is made either alphabetically or by the University of Athens Library of interest to the user. Many of these journal issues are in electronic form.
Free access and search to full-text of journal articles in the network of the Hellenic Academic Libraries Link "HEAL-LINK", which upholds more than 9,000 journal titles, as well as access to bibliographic databases with which the University Athens has contracted.
Free access to Electronic Books, Dictionaries and Encyclopedias. The use of this service is subject to the legislation on copyright and related rights provisions and the documents provided only for personal study. The systematic storage and / or printing as well as any commercial use of these documents is prohibited.
Single federated search capability in almost all electronic resources (primarily bibliographic databases and electronic books) in which the University of Athens has a direct subscription. As a value added service - if the search results include titles which are available in full text - there is a direct link to it.
Accessibility to Open Public Access Catalogues (OPACs) of Greek Academic Libraries through the gate "Zephyrus" which is a homogeneous environment for searching and retrieving bibliographic information on almost all available in their collection books, magazines and any other material.
Access to a variety of bibliographic information sources available both in Greece and abroad, through the open access environment "Argo" of the National Documentation Center (EKT), such as: a) databases produced by or available through EKT (eg National Archive of Doctoral Theses), b) catalogues of Special Collections Libraries, Research Centers and Institutes located in Greece, c) university and technological education institutions library catalogues, d) Library catalogues from Europe and North America, e) various collections of periodicals, etc.
Document Delivery: Articles search and ordering from scientific journals and conference proceedings through automated online processes that are supported by the University of Athens Libraries Computer Center in cooperation with the National Documentation Center (EKT). Information on this procedure, costs and response times can be found here (in Greek).
Free Wireless (WiFi) broadband internet access, on the 3rd and 4th floor of the Library for students who have appropriate equipment (laptop, PDA, mobile phone etc with wireless internet connection) and an account at the University's Network Operation Center.

All electronic sources and related electronic services are included on the website of Libraries and Information Services, which is hosted and maintained by the Athens University Libraries Computer Center.

Access to subscription electronic resources is only possible through the University of Athens Network (either from from the University's premises or through a University's dial-up connection account), upon recognition of the University of Athens IP addresses, thus not required, and - consequently - not given a username and password. Access through Virtual Networks (Virtual Private Networks) for use by remote networks or alternative access networks (eg ADSL) is provided as a value added service to facilitate the University of Athens Community, in collaboration with the University's Network Operation Center.


Reading Rooms



The Library has six (6) modern Reading Rooms with 550 study seats, which operate
Monday to Friday 08:30 - 19:30 and Saturday 9:30 to 14:30

Group Study Rooms

  The Library has four (4) Group Study Rooms of six persons each, which operate Monday to Friday 08:30 - 19:30 and Saturday 9:30 to 14:30. Interested are informed on the availability of these rooms from the Library's website.

To use a Group Study Room, the team must consist of at least three (3) persons. The time is fixed at three (3) hours with an extension option if there is increased demand. The key is received by the Service Point of the 3rd and 4th floor.

Computer Room

  The library has a Computer Room with twenty (20) workstations, which operates Monday to Friday 08:30 - 19:30 and Saturday 9:30 to 14:30.  
  Right to use the Library computers have all members who hold a borrowing card.  
  The use of computers is done by a priority order. Each library user may use the workstation (P/C) for one (1) hour. On each computer only one person is allowed to work, except for writing student work. In this case, the library staff should be informed in advance.  
  In computers allowed the writing of works using common office applications and surfing the internet only to collect information that contribute to the educational or research process. Τhe unnecessary web browsing and the establishment or creation of various software is not allowed.  
  The Library personnel is entitled to intervene and waive the right to use, whenever considers that a user violates the rules for using Library's computers.  

Workstations for People with Disabilities

  The Library is equipped with workstations or specialized devices to support people with disabilities, particularly students with blindness, low vision and those with physical disabilities in the upper extremities. These stations allow disabled people to access the University of Athens Libraries collections in any form (printed, electronic, acoustic) as well as internet services and common office automation applications.  
  The workstations for disabled people are located in a specially designed area on the 3rd floor of the Library. Furthermore, specialized assistance is provided by the library staff for training and use of specific applications. The Library's entrances meet the accessibility criteria. The shortest access is from the main entrance where there is an elevator.  
  (The equipment provided for disabled people and the services offered will be available shortly. Will be directly relevant information from the Library's website).  


  Lending is made by showing the Library's Membership (or Borrowing) Card. This card is issued at request by the Library's Secretariat, is used only by its holder and is not transferable.  
  Documents required for a Membership/Borrowing Card issuing:  
  a) Application for Membership/Borrowing Card. You can find it at Library's Service Points or print from here (in Greek)  
  b) Police Identity Card  
  c) University Community Membership Card (University of Athens ID or Student ID)  
  d) Two (2) photos  
  The keeping of the above information is subject to the Law on Protection of Personal Data. In case of change of address, phone, status or loss of the membership/borrowing card the user must immediately inform the Library's Secretariat to proceed with canceling of the card and reissue a new one.  
  Once users search the material that interests them, through the Open Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) of the University of Athens Libraries,  from any computer - for their convenience thirteen (13) Search Stations for finding titles are provided in specially designed areas within the Library - then they locate in stack rooms the material (book, magazine, newspaper, tape, etc.) have sought online.  
  Thereafter, they are directed to either one of the six (6) Reading Rooms for study, or in one of the four (4) Service Points (one in each floor) with their borrowing card in order to define the return time of the material. If the material's return does not done at the predetermined date there are implications for further lending capabilities..  
  The number of books each user can be borrowed and the lending duration (in calendar days) depends on the category in which each user belongs, as shown below:  

Faculty Members of the School of Science: Up to 7 books for 30 days.  
  Postgraduate Students of the School of Science and other staff of the University: Up to 3 books for 10 days.  
  Undergraduate Students of the School of Science: Up to 2 books for 10 days.  
  The graduating students to get their diploma, they must return to the Library materials are borrowed. If the material is returned, the user obtains a special certificate of non debt material.  
  Short Loan Collection  
  Short Loan Collection concerns course books, maps, audiovisual materials (cassettes, CD-ROMs, floppy disks, DVDs that accompanying or not book material) and bibliography proposed by Faculty Members to students to support the courses taught.  
  Users have the right to borrow these materials for less than 24 hours outside the Library. The loan can be made from Monday to Friday between 18:00 to 19:30 and the return the next day at the Library's launch.  
  Non-Borrowed Material  
  The following material can not be borrowed. Its use is allowed only within the Library's Reading Rooms:  
  reference material (dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, etc.),  
  newspapers and magazines,  
  rare material,  
  doctoral theses, postgraduate dissertations, diploma theses (those that have been elaborated between 01/01/2007 and 31/12/2009).  
  Renewal of Borrowed Material  
  Users of each category have the right to renew the borrowed material up to two times. At the end of last renewal and the mediation of 15 calendar days, a user can re-borrow the same document.  
  The renewal is done either by phone or by bringing the material to the library, until the day of its return, unless it has already been reserved by another user. There is no renewing loans in the material returned late.  
  Material's Reservation    
  Any user who needs material that is already loaned has the right of booking it. The reservation can be done electronically: by filling the special form found on the Library's website and sending it via email to: sci-loan[at]lib.uoa[dot]gr.  
  The maximum material's reservation per user is two (2) documents. The Service Points inform the applicant by e-mail about the priority order and the return date of the document. If the document is not claimed within three (3) working days, the reservation right is lost. To better serve all users, the loan period is reduced for material that has been booked by more than one user.  
  Material's Recall
  In cases of increased demand, the Library reserves the right to recall borrowed material.  

Interlibrary Loan of Books & Articles

  The Library's Interlibrary Loan Office undertakes to search for books and journal articles which are necessary for study and research of its users and not included in its Collection but in other Institutions Library's Collections.
  All members of the Academic Community have the right to order bibliography from the Library's Interlibrary Loan Office, through the Athens University Libraries and Information Services website.  

To order a desired article - which is not available in electronic or printed journals of the Athens University Libraries Collection - will first need to locate it either in the Union Catalogue of the National Documentation Centre (EKT) or in the Union Catalogue of the British Library. However, to search for the desired article in the above suppliers must know the journal title, and the specific issue or year of publication.  
  The special request form to order articles may be completed electronically, prerequisite to the completeness and validity of the requested bibliography's data. Next the application-order is sent electronically to the Interlibrary Loan Service signed and complete user information. The interlibrary loan costs are charged to the user.

The Interlibrary Loan Office is open Monday to Friday 08:30 - 14:30. (Currently this service is only possible for articles)

Users Training Seminar

  The Library aims to contribute to information literacy for its members and particularly to students of the School. The development of informative skill makes users able to identify information in different sources, recognizing the most appropriate each time and understanding the process of accessing them.  
  At the beginning of each academic year the Library's User Training Office undertakes to present to the new students welcome, the library functions, services, the Open Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) of the University of Athens Libraries and other libraries, the access to bibliographic databases and electronic journals, and generally all the existing opportunities for the users of the Library's information systems.  
  The Training Seminar on the use of the Library is held every Monday at 2 groups of 20 people each, from 10:00 to 11:00 and 11:00 to 12:00. Registrations filed in the Service Point of the 3rd floor.  

Material Copying

  On the 3rd floor of the Library there are photocopiers for the convenience of users (except Saturday). The photocopying is always in accordance with applicable law for the protection of intellectual property (copyright). The handling of photocopiers is made by the interested users.  
  The photocopying of printed material is not possible in cases where its physical condition does not allow it or if it belongs to rare or reference material. The cost of photocopying is borne by the user.  


  Library users are informed regularly about the Library's activities, new services (when available), material additions to its Collection, etc. from a newsletter issued in print and electronic form.  


Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 to 17:00

  The School of Science has a modern Reading Room with 200 study seats, located two (2) floors below the Deanship of the School (under the Faculty of Geology & Geoenvironment Cafeteria)  
  The Reading Room serves the daily needs of students of the Faculties of Biology, Geology & Geoenvironment, Pharmacy and Chemistry for study, collaboration and preparation of various works.  
  In the Reading Room is provided wireless (WiFi) broadband internet access to students who have appropriate equipment (laptop, PDA, mobile phone etc with wireless internet connection) and an account at the University's Network Operation Center.  
  Detailed instructions for installing the necessary software of wireless (WiFi) Internet access through the University's information infrastructure and all the relevant settings for Windows XP, Vista and Win 7 are available here (in Greek).  

In the Reading Room is NOT ALLOWED:



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Fax: 210 360 8495
Hours: Monday to Thursday: 09:00 - 20:00 - Friday & Saturday: 09:00 - 14:00
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Address: 48 Vas. Konstantinou - 11635 Athens Τel:  210 727 3710
Fax: 210 725 9070
Hours: 01/09 - 30/06: 08:30 - 20:00 &
01/07 - 31/08: 08:30 - 15:30 (01/08 - 15/08: Closed)
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Fax: 210 725 9070
Help Desk Hours: 08:30 - 20:00
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Fax: 210 725 9070
Help Desk Hours: 08:30 - 20:00
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Fax: 210 725 9070
Help Desk Hours: 08:30 - 20:00
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Address: 75 Iera Odos, Votanikos - 11855 Athens Τel:  210 529 4275
Fax: 210 529 4278
Hours: Monday - Tuesday - Thursday - Friday: Library: 8:30 - 16:00 - Reading Room: 8:30 - 18:00 - Wednesday: Library & Reading Room: 8:30 - 19:00
Search in the Open Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) Website


Address: 70 Εl. Venizelou, Kallithea - 17671 Athens Τel:  210 954 9334
Fax: 210 956 0161
Hours: Monday to Friday 08:30 - 14:30
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Address1 Dilou & Μ. Asias Str., Goudi - 11527 Athens Τel:  210 746 1400
Fax: 210 748 8765
Hours: 01/09 - 30/06: 09:00 - 20:00 & 01/07 - 31/08: 09:00 - 15:00
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Fax: 210 652 2965
Hours: Monday to Friday: 08:00 - 14:30
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Fax: 210 642 6323
Hours: Monday to Friday 08:30 - 14:30
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Fax: 210 807 7506
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Fax: 229 107 6321
Hours: Monday to Friday: 08:00 - 14:30
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Fax: 210 659 7545
Hours: Monday to Friday: 09:00 - 16:00
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Fax: 210 323 1557
Hours: Monday to Friday: 16:00 - 20:00
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