Digital Library

CHS GR DL 4Since CHS in Greece is part of the administrative and organizational structure of the Center in DC, and therefore Harvard’s, it operates as any other node inside the Harvard network, while it allows visiting researchers to have full access, free of charge, to the University’s digital resources. Harvard’s investment in technology, which has been realized through this digital library, is unique. The library’s constantly enriched collection, offers a database with millions of items, books, journals, manuscripts, files, maps, microfilms, and musical scores as well as audio and visual material.

The “Georgios Vernardakis Digital Library” is located on the first floor of the Center. Every user, through the Digital Library’s terminals, also has access to the Center’s latest news, as well as other services and tools (e.g. radio and announcements). Registered users can also subscribe to the CHS GR’s email list in order to receive newsletters, invitations to events, etc.

The Center for Hellenic Studies also has a small printed library, which includes some important editions of Classical Letters (e.g. Loeb Classical Library editions for Classical Greek and Latin Letters, CHS DC publications), dictionaries, guides, Chambers encyclopedia, and novels.

The development of this library owes itself to the generosity of our fellow citizens.

Hours of the Digital Library

The Digital Library is open to the public from Monday to Friday (Monday and Wednesday 10am-8pm / Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10am-5pm).

Digital Library Guidelines

  • Library users should fill in an online form located on the Library’s front page in order to create a personal account that is required for accessing the Harvard online resources.

  • Library users are kindly requested to log out from their personal account, when leaving the Digital Library and the Center’s facilities.

  • Visitors may bring notebooks and laptops to the library.

  • Visitors are kindly requested to maintain a scholarly atmosphere in the library at all times.

  • Food is not allowed in the digital library.

  • For tools and other services (e.g. lectures, announcements, radio, etc.), the library users are kindly requested to visit the Digital Library’s front page.


Program “Introduction to Digital Resources for Knowledge: The Digital Library of the CHS GR”

The Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece, within the framework of planning and implementing programs, has developed the Digital Library Program for schools. Addressed to primary, middle, and high school students, the program presents digital methods used for the dissemination of knowledge by academic institutions such as Harvard and the CHS. The session includes navigation on the Center’s digital library and an explanation of its operation, and can be adapted to different age groups. Learn more about the program here.



CHS GR DL 2*On the Center’s first floor there is a unique machine (Book Copy Stand) known as the Cradle (“Liknon”). The Cradle was used in April 2007 for the digitization of the most well-preserved and oldest known surviving copy of the Iliad, “Venetus A”, which is kept at the Marciana Library in Venice.

The CHS in Washington, on Professor Nagy's initiative, developed an international group of specialists (manuscript conservators from the British Library, special photographers from research centers in Austria and from other U.S. Universities, and classical philologists) to acquire the necessary licenses, making possible the digitization of this manuscript as well as other significant manuscripts, and -most importantly- offering the digitized Iliad, and other important manuscripts to Greece and the world.

For more information please visit CHS’ Homer Multitext Project.