The Corfu Reading Society has a rich, specialised and constantly growing library (more than 35,000 volumes), which reflects the intellectual interests of its members. It includes some unique book collections and other archival material, dated from the 16th century to-date. The crown jewel of the library is the Heptanesian book collection, which comprises 8,000 volumes revolving around various aspects of the Ionian Islands.
It also includes:
– A substantial number of rare newspapers (220 titles) of the 19th and 20th centuries of more than 20,000 issues in total.
– A remarkable number of rare maps and archival collections dated from the 16th until the 20th century.
– A collection of approximately 1,000 single-sheet prints dated from the end of the 18th century until the early 20th century.
All this material is accessible for research in the Society’s reading room, which is open to the public. Moreover, researchers from all over the world can have web access to the library.
The Library Catalogue comprises 7,000 items so far, accessible through the openABEKT online platform of the National Documentation Centre. The retrospective cataloguing and the integration of older catalogues is in progress.