Rooms, collections and services of LIC occupy a four level – floor building.
- Four hundred (400) seats in the reading rooms in all four floors
- Forty-four (44) workstations
- Six (6) collaboration rooms, available on a daily basis to working groups of faculty members, undergraduate and postgraduate students
- Four (4) private reading rooms
- A lecture hall with a capacity of 70 individuals
- A user-training room with a capacity of 20 individuals
- A cloakroom
- One hundred twenty-four (124) lockers for personal belongings
Allocation of services and collections per floor
The majority of the ground floor is occupied by the scientific journals stacks, in which the issues of earlier years are shelved. On the same level there are also six (6) collaboration rooms, a reading room for researchers, the theses and dissertations stacks, as well as the Department of Acquisitions, Documentation and Bibliographic Access.
On the ground floor, there is also an information desk to serve the requests of users and most specifically to support printed journals’ searching. Information offices per floor is a new service launched after installing in the new building.
The main entrance of the building of LIC is on the first floor. On this floor there is an information office and services dealing with material circulation, namely the Circulation and Reading Services Department and the Interlibrary Loan Service. Here lays the Circulation Desk of LIC, where the users can loan, renew or return the material the have borrowed from the collections of LIC.
In the first floor stacks are also placed the collection of reference works (dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, etc.), the Belles-lettres collection, as well as part II of the Basic Collection, which contains classes 800 (Literature) and 900 (History -Geography) of the Dewey Decimal Classification System.
On this floor also is situated the Lecture Hall of LIC. Finally, on the first floor are the administrative offices (Director’s office, Secretariat, LIC Board Meeting Room, Archive) and the workplace for people with disabilities.
The largest section of the print collection is situated on the second floor. Here one can find the books that fall in the categories 000-700 of the Dewey Decimal Classification System. The collection of current journals is also located here. Users can ask for help and guidance in the information office, located in the center of the floor.
The Library enriches its collections with material in various electronic or analog formats: online resources, audiovisual material, educational and informational multimedia CD-ROMs, videotapes, cassettes, music CDs, microfiches, etc. For the use of this material, a multimedia lab with 24 workstations and the necessary software installed has been created.
Finally on this floor there is also a training room with a capacity of twenty (20) individuals, as well as the Offices that host the User Support Unit and the Automation, Research & Development Unit.
On the third floor, one can reach the Donations hall with old and rare books and journals from the personal collections of professors and friends of the University (A. Grammatikos donation, Koumoulos G. donation, K. Panitsas donation etc.). The Library of General Education donated by V. V. Antonopoulos occupies a significant part of the hall. The Library of General Education is a living part of a wider collection of LIC and its books, mainly Greek, cover a wide range of interests.
The second major part of the third floor is occupied by the European Documentation Centre, which serves the needs of the academia and the general public with information regarding the European Union.
Networking & Computer Equipment
For the support of the LIC electronic services an organized network of computer systems has been developed, which are scattered in the Library’s premises.
The cable network of the Library is of the category 6 (1 Gb), with a potential to activate up to 400 sockets, but it can also function at lower speeds (10 Mb, 100 Mb). The Library’s wireless network is based on the IEEE 802.11g protocol with a maximum speed of 54 Mb.
The Library’s computer systems are organized as follows:
Systems Bibliographic searches – (OPACs)
These are computers that are distributed in four floors of the library and who are placed on standing workstations. Users can use freely these workstations only to find records in the Library catalog Nereus.
Computer islets (1st and 2nd floor)
Computer terminals operating in Unix.
PC Laboratory (2nd Floor)
Windows Workstations. In two of them it is possible to use scanners. There is also the possibility of printing, with a small fee charge per page.
Wireless network connection
There is an installed wireless access point (Access Point), which allows users to access the Internet with their own personal mobile devices.
Central network printers
Printers are distributed in each floor and cover the printing needs of the Library.
Book digitization workplace
An integrated system for scanning books with the method of photography. Suitable also for rare / fragile books.
The Library has a sufficient number of servers to support all provided services. These briefly are:
- Web Server. It accommodates LIC’s webpages, as well as the provided electronic services (databases, interlibrary loans accounts, Nemertes, Kosmopolis, etc.).
- Bibliographic Management Server. It covers the needs of book management in general (borrowings, repayments, acquisitions, etc.).
- Server Drives & terminals Unix. It serves the data storage raid system of the library and the computer terminals on the first and second floor.
- Local Network (LAN) servers. To cover the local security needs and management of communal resources.
Uninterruptible Power Supply systems (UPS)
Main power supply system per workstation, which, in case of a prolonged power outage, is powered by a generator (G/S).
The Library is using the integrated library system Koha, which provides fully automated services and routines to serve the needs of its users and employees:
- Authority records control
- Online Catalogue (OPAC: On-line Public Access Catalogue)
- Serials management
- Acquisitions’ control
The system complies with MARC21 standard for bibliographic records. It also supports a range of international and Greek technical and library standards (ISBD, ANSI / NISO, ISO 2709).