Local Library Visit 15: The J. F. Costopoulos Foundation and Lyceum Club of Greek Women Library 

Time: 11:00-13:00

The J. F. Costopoulos Foundation

Type of library: private/special

Postal address: 9, Ploutarchou St., 10675 Athens, Greece

Distance from Congress venue: 1.1 km

Meeting point: Evangelismos Metro Station

Optimal route: From Evangelismos Metro Station it is 3-4 min walk via Vas. Sofias Ave. to 9 Ploutarchou Str (Local Library Visit #15a). Then the volunteer will guide the visitors to the Lyceum at 14 Dimokritou Str. for about 10 min walk (Local Library Visit #15 b).

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

The J. F. Costopoulos benevolent Foundation was established in 1979. In accordance with its Articles of Association & Operation, the Foundation aims to support and promote the Greek culture, arts and letters within and beyond the national borders. In the area of Arts in particular, a key element for the Foundation’s identity since 1994 has been the production of exhibitions of Greek artists, artistic and theatrical publications (book about Analogio Festival in Greece currently under development) and, as of 2018, an educational programme. In the context of its grants, collaborations, productions and co-productions, the Foundation has obtained a considerable number of publications and has formed a Library to preserve and catalogue all incoming titles. It consists of the Main Collection (6,000 Greek and foreign titles, including art books and catalogues), the Archive of publications on the oeuvre of the visual artist Jannis Kounellis, and periodicals. The digital cataloguing is carried out using the Marc documentation and ISAAD(G) archiving standards. The Library is open by appointment to the public for in-situ study and it is in constant contact with institutions in Greece and abroad with a view to exchanging and donating publications (own productions, duplicate copies, etc.).


Lyceum Club of Greek Women Library

Type of library: special

Postal address: 14, Dimokritou Str., 106 73 Athens, Greece

Distance from Congress venue: 2.0 km

The Lyceum Club of Greek Women has been established in 1911 by Callirrhoe Siganou Parren and even from the very first period it has created its library, which has always been housed in the main building of the Lyceum. In 2004 the library was reorganized. By that timeit started implementing the electronic entry of the books. In 2017 a new reorganization concerning the structure of the library took place. The Library of the Lyceum Club of Greek Women expanded its collections of books with topics such as: the Hellenic traditional folk art (as the major and precious asset of the library), ancient Greek literature, modern literature (Greek and foreign authors) and poetry. There are also books on sociology, philosophy, psychology etc. The library also includes a big number of art books.

From 2004 to 2017 the library of the Lyceum Club of Greek Women (as it accepts many donations of books) has been continuously donating hundreds of books to other libraries all over Greece (e.g. to public and hospital, school and prison libraries) as well as to libraries abroad. It is a lending library for members and non-members.

Children’s library: this section was reactivated in 2005.