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Country: Greece

Description: The Public Library of Katerini is housed on the 1st floor of the Conference and Cultural Center of the city. We hope that the facility will soon be expanded as there is a need for a separate room for the children’s department as well as for a modern and fully equipped study room. A contemporary library should be focused to the future and the upcoming generations as it is apparent that the citizens of Katerini need a contemporary library that will reflect/”interpret” and shape the future of a contemporary city, a civilized society and a different cultural perception. Our goal for the upcoming years is to create a library capable of changing our thoughts and mentality as we know it today. We strive for the city library to be a place for community interaction, a meeting place for active and concerned citizens, a library that will not be just another storage place for books. We strive for the library to become a community tool used in multiple ways constantly developing and covering the social needs of its members, friends and visitors also operating as a hiding place from depression. The Public Library’s collection includes more than 27,800 books, reference books among them, and it covers topics such as Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Social Studies, Greek Language, Natural Sciences, Applied Sciences, Technology, Fine Arts, Entertainment, Literature and Rhetoric, Biographies and History stock. Also, there is a children’s department for children and teenagers that includes a variety of books such as fiction, fairy tales, illustrated stories, educational books, books about nature, sports, space, mythology, etc. The Public Library collaborates with local organizations annually in a variety of events, book presentations, children’s performances, creative crafts for children and educational events. Last but not least, the Library takes part in the Summer Campaign organized by the National Library of Greece in collaboration with the Greek Libraries Network. The library uses the openΑΒΕΚΤ software for cataloguing. The books are indexed according to their themes based on the authority files, mainly from the National Library and their classification follows the Dewey system. openΑΒΕΚΤ is an online management and public access catalogue of library functions that includes new features, such as integrated access to the entire content in openΑΒΕΚΤ (, integrated management of digital and traditional content, development of collaborative cataloguing, interlibrary services, public access to the library Catalogue, promoting the entities and semantic interconnections of the catalogue, etc. openΑΒΕΚΤ is an integrated Service supported by online certified educational services (eLearning) and continuing support (eHelpDesk, eKnowledgeBase) for the libraries. The software ensures interoperability with national and international content aggregation and dissemination platforms and can be found via indexes and public search engines like Google.

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Type of library: Metropolitan

Population served: Between 10.000 and 100.000

Current library programs:
  • Activities for children and young adults
  • Activities for seniors
  • Reading clubs (Book clubs)
Activities you want to do with your sister library:
  • Activities for children and young adults
  • Activities for seniors
  • Celebration of ephemeris
  • Cooperation with other organizations
  • Digital Literacy
  • Digitalization and Preservation
  • e-Reading
  • Exchange of ideas and expertise
  • Exchange of information
  • Exchange of resources
  • Exhibitions
  • Information Literacy programs
  • Joint conferences and seminars
  • Joint publications
  • Library services for people with special needs
  • Lifelong Learning programs
  • Literacies (non-formal education)
  • Planning of new library building
  • Professional visits
  • Promotion of local culture
  • Promotion of multiculturalism and multilingualism
  • Reading clubs
  • Reading promotion
  • Social media
  • Staff training
  • Storytelling
  • Volunteer programs

Languages spoken by staff: Greek, English

Languages spoken by patrons: Greek, English, Italian

Preferred countries for cooperation: Greece, Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Spain, Sweden

Searching partners for European program: No

Participating in any European Union program: Yes