Local Library Visit 13: Technical Chamber of Greece Library, Library on Gender and Equality / General Secretariat for Family Policy and Gender Equality

Time: 09:00-13:00

Technical Chamber of Greece Library 

Type of library: special

Postal address: 23-25 Lekka Str.

Distance from Congress venue: 3.0 km

Meeting point: Syntagma Square (Syntagma Metro Station)

Optimal route: Across Syntagma Square go to Karagiorgi Servias Str. and turn right to Lekka Str. Ten minutes’ walk from Syntagma Metro Station.

A volunteer will be waiting for you at the proposed meeting point.

Coffee and refreshments will be provided

The Library of the Technical Chamber of Greece (TCG Library) was established in 1927 and is one of the most important technical libraries in Greece. The TCG Library is also known as Documentation and Information Unit of the Technical Chamber of Greece. It provides modern scientific and technical information services to engineers and to the public while at the same time ensures the documentation, preservation and promotion of the scientific and publishing work of TCG and Greek engineers. The Library’s print collection features some 70,000 volumes and 600 journal titles. It also has the complete collection of TCG scientific work and publications (books, reports, meetings, conference proceedings and journals). The TCG scientific work has been fully digitalized creating the TCG Digital Library. In addition, the library has a collection of Greek and international standards and specifications (EN, ISO, ASTM, ELOT, Eurocodes). The TCG Library is organized in a single network with the 17 regional department libraries, with a public online catalogue (OPAC) and a web discovery tool for simultaneous search on different kind of collections.

The Library cooperates with the Greek Industrial Property Organisation, thus acting as member of PatLib Network (Patent Libraries – Patent information centers). It has also created an innovative laboratory of digital construction “Reading of things room”.

The Library organizes exhibitions in different subjects, with the most recent ones: “The 20th Century as seen in the ads of TCG journals”, 16-31 January 2019 and “The Antikythera Mechanism”, 1/7/2017 to 31/12/2017.

It is a lending library and is open to the public: Monday, Thursday 8:00 to 20:00 and Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8:00 to 15:00.


Library on Gender and Equality / General Secretariat for Family Policy and Gender Equality

Type of library: special

Postal address: 9, Kratinou & 61, Athinas Str., 105 52 Athens, Greece

Distance from Congress venue: 2.2 km



The Library on Gender and Equality (LGE) of the General Secretariat for Gender Equality has been operating since 1984 as an open-access and lending library. LGE collects documents related to gender equality and the women’s movement in Greek and other languages.


The Library was established in 1984 by the Council for Equality (C.E.S.). The C.E.S. was the first Greek governmental authority to promote equality for women. Since its establishment in 1983, it undertook the responsibility to cover the gap in information about women. Until that time, only limited information had been available in Greece. Over time, the General Secretariat for Gender Equality (G.S.G. E.) (as the C.E.S. was renamed and upgraded), which belongs to the Ministry of the Interior, has supported and upgraded the role of the library.


The Library on Gender and Equality (LGE) is the only library in Greece responsible for the dissemination of valid sources of information in order to support the scientific documentation of gender equality research.

Besides collecting contemporary material, the Library is also engaged in acquiring old, rare, and valuable documents, which are kept in the Historical Archive Unit. Its aim is to save this material which marks the progress of women’s struggles for equality in our country. Moreover, the library also aims to make these resources known and available to the public.


The collection of the library consists of books, leaflets, reports, laws, articles, and other documents, which were all written by or for women. It numbers 18.000 book titles, and it is organised in the following thematic units:

General information material, women’s studies, mythology, religion, social anthropology, women’s history, biographies, philosophy, women’s movement / feminist ideology, politics, law / legal position, women’s status in Greece and elsewhere, social care and insurance, demography, environment, housing, roles of the sexes, education, employment, arts and culture, mass media, language, athletics, psychology, mental physical and reproductive health, sexuality, family and marriage, literature.

The Historical Archives collection consists of old books, manuscripts, brochures, photographs, posters, and audiovisual material (video and audio tapes). The Archive of Oral Testimonies was recently added to the collection. The largest part of the collection of the Historical Archive has already been digitized. Depending on the granted permissions of the creators, most of these documents are available through the Library’s website or strictly through the Library’s internal network. The enrichment of the collections takes place through purchases and donations.


Users are allowed use of the reading room, access to photocopiers, and permission to borrow books, provided they respect the library regulations and the copyright law.


Searching for material can be carried out on-line through the Library and Historical Archive electronic catalogues (OPACs), at the following website: http://www.isotita.gr

The library accepts requests for information from distant users via e-mail or fax.

The library keeps an e-database of digital documents that have been downloaded from multiple reliable sources

Finally, new acquisitions and the donated material are published regularly on the Library’s Website.