WHO? The British School at Athens issues Reader's cards without charge, to:

• Members of other research institutions or bodies engaged in research on any aspect of Hellenic Studies

• Members of the Greek Archaeological Service

• Members of other Foreign Archaeological Institutions based in Greece

• Postgraduate and postdoctoral students currently engaged in research

• Greek undergraduates at UK universities without access to local university libraries.


WHEN/ WHERE ?Application: 

New readers are admitted through the entrance at 53 I.Pateras Street, Monday & Thursdays 11.00am-12.00am, & 3.00pm-4.00pm. This entrance is not for regular use.


WHAT IS REQUIRED? Application forms are to be accompanied by: 

• Two passport photographs

• A reference letter addressed to the School from the applicant's supervisor, head of department, or another academic familiar with their research. Letters may be brought by hand, posted, faxed, or sent by official e-mail. Members of the Greek Archaeological Service and Foreign Archaeological Institutions do not need a reference letter, but must show their official Ministry or Museum cards.


Visitors who do not fall into the above category of user must ask for help at the library office  or, telephone 211 1022820, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


ENTRANCE & TIMES?  Having been issued with a card: 

•  Entrance is at the corner of 54 Souedias and Gennadiou Street, through the ASCSA security gate. Show your Reader’s card to the security guards to be admitted and proceed across the car park to the far wall where there is a path connecting the British and American School gardens, follow the signposts to the library. 

• The library is open between Monday and Friday, 9.00am – 7.00pm, except on public holidays.


Readers are welcome to attend the School’s open lectures and Upper House Seminars. Check the BSA website, or the library notice-board for announcements.