The Municipal Center for History possesses today a rich archive that consists of the Volos Municipality archive (1883-1982), 46 private archives concerning directly or indirectly the city and its greater area, archives of old industrial enterprises, as well as important material of building plans, maps, aerial photos, transparencies and photos.

The library of Volos's Municipal Center for History and Documentation started operating in 1992, its aim being the collection, administration, utilization and promotion of any kind or form of printed documents.

Library of the Municipal Center for Historical Research and Documentation

The library of Volos's Municipal Center for History and Documentation started operating in 1992, its aim being the collection, administration, utilization and promotion of any kind or form of printed documents relating to the history of Volos and its greater area. From the beginning of its operation, the Municipality of Volos's old book collection, which up to that moment had been housed in the City Hall area, came under its ownership and was subsequently enriched with books and material, with emphasis on the field of history.

Its basic goal has been the collection of publications that either concerned the city of Volos or were published in the greater Magnesia area. The purpose was the development of a collection that could assist researchers and specialists in comprehending the city's historical physiognomy. During this time, lots of donations but also big collection purchases were added to the initial library collection, its volume increased to more than 35.000 book volumes, as well as approximately 500 magazine and periodical titles, many of which exist in their complete series.

In the above numbers included are the donations from the G. Siafleki's library (1999), the collections of the Law History professor Nikolaos I. Padazopoulos (2002), of the Neohellenic Literature professor Alkis Aggelos (2005), of the journalist, author and researcher Nitsa Koliou (2005), of the writer Lefteris Raftopoulos (2003), of the lawyer K. Samaras (2001), of professor Tasos Arvanitakis (Falkou)(2003) as well as minor volume collections.

The library is housed on the second floor of Spirer Building's east wing, in a spacious and recently renovated place. It offers 15 seats in the Reading Room where everyone can look up information on subjects that concern him (various educational levels projects, researches regarding the history of the area), as well as read books, newspapers and magazines. Use of the Reading Room is free to all, during operation hours of the Municipal Center for History.

From the whole of the collection, due to its special interest, only a part is available for lending. It stands in a different area from the rest of the collection and it comprises Greek and foreign contemporary fiction books, children's literature, in Greek, English, French, German and Italian.

Library membership is free and can be obtained by anyone. An identity Card or any other document attesting to the identity and domicile particulars is prerequisite. Each member can lend 2 books for 15 days and has the right to a 15-day renewal, in case he did not have time to read them. The Volos Municipal Center for History is responsible for the operation of the mobile library, conceded in 1998 by TEDK (Local Union of Municipalities and Communities) of the Magnesia Prefecture.

The operation of the mobile library is expressly clearly oriented towards the support of education and the encouragement in reading in remote city neighborhoods, carrying out interventions in schools and neighborhoods inside and outside Volos urban planning, while during the summer time it settles in the Alykes seashore, lending books to the bathers, who combine vacation relaxation with reading entertainment.

The library uses the National Documentation Center library automation system ABEKT 5.5 for the automation of its operation, while an ABEKT Z39.50 Web Gate Server is installed for the open public access of its catalogues with the use of a web browser. Greek and international standards and practices are used for the material elaboration. AACR2 are used for materials indexing, adapted to the Greek language requirements in UNIMARC Format layout. The Decimal Classification System Dewey is used for classification. The Greek National Library Subject Headings are used for thematic analysis, while the respective libraries and organizations headlines are used for the standards attribution, as they appear on the web catalogues. The library has a complete series of ELOT standards (Hellenic Organization for Standardization) concerning the documentation.

DIKI has the scientific supervision of the libraries and the Volos Municipal Corporations and Organizations since 1998. It organized the Volos Municipality Library Network and a group of activities for the promotion of books and reading, the libraries operation automation and the constant training of its personnel.

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