The Library of Piraeus University is open to teachers, researchers and students, and its primary goal is to support Higher Education and research.
The opening hours of the library have been expanded to meet the needs of the University members from 8.00 am to 20.00 pm, daily, all working days.
Readers can also access the reading room.
Printed and Audio-Visual Collections
The collection consists of approximately 47,000 book titles, 800 titles of printed journals (88,000 volumes).
It also includes public and private publications, as well as audiovisual, material cd-rom and dvd.
The set of printed documents is organized thematically, in accordance with the Dewey Decimal Classification System.
The majority of printed documents can be borrowed except for the reference books, journals and theses/dissertations which can only be read in the reading room, or can be photocopied to a limited extent. A designated computer is available.
General information: information about the library and its material - lending rules, photocopies, use of audiovisual material, location of documents, etc. - is provided at the reception desk. 9 brochures have been issued for the same reason.
Specific information: The library provides online thematic subscription and open access databases.
Specialized search queries, submitted by e-mail, telephone or personally, are dealt with by the librarians.
Borrowing: Each member of the University is entitled to register in the library to borrow the material. There is also a service of renewals and reservations for borrowed material and prioritization of lending on return.
Material that does not exist in the library can be acquired either by accepting recommendations for its enrichment ,or via interlibrary loan from Greek libraries or collaborators abroad.
User training: The library staff offers newcomers, as well as anyone interested, support and information on the use of the library, its catalog, services and electronic information sources.
Approximately 7,500 scientific journals are accessed through the Internet. Access to these journals is possible thanks to joining the Greek Network of Academic Libraries HEAL-Link.
They refer to the thematic areas of Piraeus University and come from Cengage Learning, Oxford Scholarship online, Sage, Science Direct, Taylor and Francis, Wiley Interscience and Heal-link.
International Trade by Commodity Statistics (ITCS), Shipping Intelligence Network, Classification Web, Computer & Applied Sciences Complete, ECONLIT, ICAP, International Financial Statistics Online Service, JSTOR, Journal Citation Reports 2008 Edition, MathScience, LAW, and Open Access Databases.
Digital repositories developed by the library
The digital repository of the SPUDAI scientific journal first published in 1950 and publishes articles in the fields of interest of the University of Piraeus (spoudai.unipi.gr/index.php/spoudai).
The postgraduate dissertations and doctoral theses of the Institute's Departments are stored, indexed, maintained and retrieved in digital form in the Dioni database/depository. Dissertations and /or theses are accessible via the Internet, depending on the permission given by each author. The collection is enriched daily (dione.lib.unipi.gr).
The digital repository of the European Documentation Centers of Greece KETlib, with material of European interest, produced by Greek scientific and political organizations and by the EU institutions. (ketlib.lib.unipi.gr/xmlui/).
European Documentation Center (EDC)
The European Documentation Center has been in its present form since January 2004 and has been in possession of material since 1994. It regularly receives selected official publications of the European Union to encourage the study of European integration. Over time, the receipt of printed material is gradually replaced with access to the electronic one. The Common Hellenic Depository for European Information and Gray Literature was established and operates within the framework of the SWF. The European Documentation Center's printed collection includes European legislation, petitions, statistics, and subject-specific studies in Greek and English.
The library is housed in the main building of the University. The entrance is on the central circular staircase in the middle of the ground floor. Also, for the disabled, the elevator on the left can be used by the disabled.
The library consists of three main areas:
- The Reception Area, where students can find information on the material available, the closed collection, rare collections and computers for searching the catalog and the sources of information,
- The Bookstore, which houses the library's entire library collection, photocopying machine and computers for readers, and
- The Reading Room, where dictionaries, showcases with the latest issues of printed journals and other informational material are located.