The Library of the Bank of Greece is one of most prominent libraries in the country in the field of economics and finance.
Established in the same year as the Bank (in 1928), it is one of its oldest units and is housed in the Bank’s Head Office.
The Library continues to expand its physical and digital collection in areas relevant to the main functions of the Bank: economics, banking and central banking, finance, monetary policy, the Greek economy and its history, world economy, statistics, Greek and European law, and business administration.
The Library's hard copy collection consists of almost 180,000 volumes and, in addition to the Bank’s publications, it includes books, academic journals, newspapers (Greek and foreign), annual reports of central banks and discussion papers.
Publications of international organizations, such as the European Central Bank, the European Union, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations, and the International Labor Office, form a great part of the collection.
The collection of electronic resources consists of more than 50 databases of electronic journals and books, statistics and newspapers as well as the main research tools for the Library’s resources. Furthermore, it contains a collection of CD-ROMs and DVDs, microfiches and microfilms of newspapers (like the Government Gazette, the Official Journal of the European Union, Greek newspapers), working papers etc.
There is also a rare book collection comprising about 1,000 volumes. The oldest book is a copy of Plato’s Omnia opera, published in Basel in 1534.
Membership at Greek and international organizations
The Library is a member of:
- the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions − IFLA since 1993,
- the Central Bank Librarians’ Group since 2003,
- the Serials Union Catalog (National Documentation Center) since 1994,
- the Union Catalog. Hellenic Academic Libraries (HALUC) since 2008.