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    Do you know…

    that you can search the print collections through Nereus, the Library Catalog?

    This page outlines the printed collections of LIC. At the same time, you can learn about how these collections are classified and how they are allocated to the LIC building.


    Main Book Collection and audiovisual materials

    The Library has a rich collection of printed books that covers the teaching and research needs of the university community. The main collection (Basic Collection, designated as ‘ΒΣ’) is extended in the first and second floor. The collection is subdivided into smaller collections, such as the collection of reference material (encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, monographs, series of monographs etc), large format book collection and the collection of multiple copies, which are lying on special shelves on the first floor.


    The LIC maintains the doctoral theses and dissertations that have been defended in the University of Patras (as well as some older ones from other Greek Universities). These theses and dissertations – which can be searched through the library catalog “Nereus”, but mainly from the institutional repository Nemertes – are located at the Theses stacks on the ground floor of LIC.


    The LIC maintains also the book collections donated by eminent fellow citizens. The most important of them, the General Education Library of V.V. Antonopolos is searchable through the LIC catalog Nereus, while the rest of the donations are being cataloged as well.

    European Documentation Centre

    The LIC hosts printed collections concerning the European Union and the European Council decisions and jurisprudence, under the operation of European Documentation Centre (EDC).

    Sorting & Classification of Material

    In every Library, all items in the collection are categorized according to a classification system, so that librarians and users can easily seek and locate an item. The choice of the classification system depends on the character and the type of library, as well as other particular conditions.

    The Library and Information Center has adopted the Dewey Classification System. According to it, knowledge is organised in numbers from 000-999.

    To facilitate users, special tables with the ten categories of Dewey Classification System have been placed in central spots around the library. Some practical guidelines for identifying books are given in the next paragraphs, depending on the faculty and the thematic category that might inderest you.

    Faculty of Science

    Books related to biological sciences can be found in classes 570-579, while books and other disciplines related to biology can be found in other classes, e.g. immunology in 616.079, agriculture in 630, food technology in 664 etc.

    Books related to chemistry can be found in categories 540-549, while books on chemical technology can be found in classes 660-669. Books on physics and related sciences can be found in numbers 520-539 and their decimal subdivisions.

    Books on geology and related sciences are found in numbers 550-569 and their decimal subdivisions, while books on chemistry and physics that are related to geology can be found in 540, e.g. chrystallography in 548, mineralogy in 549 etc.

    Books on mathematics and all related sectors are found in 510-519 and their subdivisions. Since 2003 when the LIC moved to the new building, the collection of mathematics incorporated the collection of the Library of the Department of Mathematics, which seized its operation. Materials science, as an interdisciplinary area, includes wide-ranging areas of basic sciences. These are primarily the areas of Physics (520-539), Chemistry (540-549), Biology (570-579), Geology, and Mathematics (510-519).

    Polytechnic School

    The books of mechanical engineers and electrical engineers can be found in 620 and their decimal subdivisions. Mechanical books can also be found in (620), while books on architecture can be found in 720 and its subdivisions. Last, but not least, books on Computer Science can be found in 004-006.

    School of Health Sciences

    Books related to medical science are in categories 610-619, while books of chemistry and biology that are related to medical sciences are found in categories 540 and 570 respectively, eg. biochemistry at 572.

    School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Humanitarian and social sectors cover a wide range of subject areas. Generally, these collections include philosophy, which can be found at 100, Psychology in 150, Social Sciences in 300, Education in 370, Language in 400, Literature in 800 and History in 900. The books of theater studies (and various sectors) can be found in 792 and their decimal subdivisions.
    The books related to economic sciences are found in 330, while the books on business administration are in 650. Since 2003, with the move of LIC in the new building, the collection of books on economic sciences also incorporates the collection of the Department of Economics.

    Locations categories and stacks

    Books classified under 000 to 700 can be found in Basic Collection I, which is located on the second floor of the library. The books under 800 and 900 are in Basic II collection, which is located on the first floor of the LIC.

    Textbooks, reference books, dictionaries and encyclopedias are the Reference Reading Room and cannot be borrowed. The Reference Reading Room is located on the first floor and the use of books of this collection is permitted only within the premises of the library.

    All books are listed in LIC Online Catalogue (OPAC), which is accessible both locally in the LIC building, and through the internet (Nereus).

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