​The Library's Main Catalogue
includes about 76,300
books and magazines.

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Today this collection counts
about 200,000 volumes of books
and 1,500 magazine titles

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The publishing work
of the Public Central Library
of Rethymnon

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about us

Public Central Library of Rethymnon

The Public Central Library of Rethymnon is one of the largest in Greece and the only Public Library in Crete.

Rethymnon has a tradition of letters that is preserved to this day with the phrases "the people of Rethymnon for letters" or "city of letters and arts". This tradition has its basis in the period of the Venetian occupation, when, really, there was a great flourishing of letters and arts in Rethymno.

The first information about the existence of libraries in Rethymnon, even private ones, goes back to this period. These are the libraries of the Rethymnon scholars of the Renaissance, Antonio Kallergis (1521-1555) and Francis Barotsis (1537-1604). The deuteronomy's library, in addition to the first examples of printing, also included one of the richest collections of manuscript codices, part of which is now kept in the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

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Educational Application

Discover the Rethymno of the 20th century. in the most entertaining way. Flip through old newspapers, solve the quizzes, see the city of the last century come to life in the gallery and make your own work of art with the old advertisements.

Timeline of the city's history

Brief historical overview of Rethymno that outlines its historical course, from the years of the Cretan State, until the end of the previous century.

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