Panteion University has a unique and central Library which is located in the main building of Syngrou Avenue. The entrance is on the ground floor of the building, but the library extends to three more floors with a total area of 2000 sq.m, with its own elevator and staircase. The purpose of Panteion University Library and Information Service is to cover, support and promote educational and research activities of the Panteion academic community. Library’s operation also supports instructional missions of undergraduate and postgraduate programs while at the same time it promotes academic objectives and contributes to the fulfillment of the social role of the University. In order to achieve its purposes, the Library has fully automated its services and functions and develops print, electronic and digital collections as well as internet applications and services.
The Library also participates in national and European networks aiming at a more effective use of the information resources available. In October 1991 the Library began its reorganization and modernization. With the economic assistance of the Operational Programs for Education and Initial Vocational Training (part of the 1st and 2nd Community Support Frameworks) the Library has transformed into a modern institution. Library use has increased significantly and it is considered to be one of the most pleasant and popular facilities of the University.
The Library possesses a valuable collection of more than ninety thousands printed books and eighty hundred printed journals, as well as web access to more than thirteen thousands of the most prestigious international journals. The Library’s collection covers a wide range of social and political sciences: philosophy, psychology, sociology, political science, economics, law, administration and management science, history, literature. It also covers subjects such as: information science, applied sciences and mathematics, social anthropology, criminology, accounting, etc. The print and digital material is mainly in Greek and English while there is material in German, French and Spanish languages.
Users’ main contact point with the Library is the webpage of the Library. The website is supported by a networked digital information system which enables library staff to perform functions such as: content update, announcements and events presentation, user support, offer digital services etc. All members of the academic community of the Panteion University have the right to use Library services provided they have a valid Library card. Open access collections and reading rooms are also available to external users who may search for print material and study at the reading rooms. Services include circulation / borrowing services, interlibrary loan and document delivery services, material orders to enrich the collection, Library Training Courses to familiarize its users with its material and services.
Pandemos Digital Library repository
The digital library of Panteion University offers access to full text documents of postgraduate and doctorate thesis, lecture notes and Greek journal articles and conferences papers. These publications are the outcomes of Panteion University scientific community members’ intellectual activity.
Pandemos contains also the University publications (yearbooks, et al.), and University’s historical photos collection. Access to Pandemos is free for everyone from everywhere and is based on the principles of Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge. Through Pandemos, widespread publication and immediate availability, greater promotion and protection of work to the broad scientific community are achieved, while scholarly communication is enhanced.
The Panteion Library supports access to its services for blind and partially sighted users and it has an individual room, a workstation with full fully equipped with hardware and software for print-disabled students.
Moreover the Panteion Library pioneered the creation of AMELib, which provides accessible books to all beneficiaries’ print-disabled users of academic libraries in the country online. It was also the first to attempt a collective online public directory (online public access catalogue - OPAC) which contains the electronic version of many books.