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Visiting the library | Registration of new members | Rules

The library is housed on the new building of the Athens Concert Hall.

The Library has been organized and operates in conformity with up-to-date organizational patterns of music libraries and applies all new technologies that have been developed in the context of its operation.
In order to ensure a smooth functioning of the library you should be aware of certain rules which every visitor is expected to observe.

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Visiting the library

The library is open:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 10:00 to 16:45 and
Wednesday from 10:00 to 19:00

It is closed on weekends, public holidays, and during two weeks in August.
The Library always announces any changes in its opening hours, at the entrance and on this website.

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Registration of new members

The library is open to the general public. In order to become a regular member, you have to be at least 16 years of age. When the application of a new member is approved, he is registrated in the electronic member’s catalog and given a membership card, which is free of charge.
Patrons must present their library membership card at every visit in order to have access to the library’s holdings, the use of which for information, musicological studies, and research is free of charge.

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Patrons are requested to leave their briefcases, handbags, etc. in the lockers provided for this purpose at the entrance of the library.
The use of all library material is permitted on the library premises only.
In order to access the library’s collections, visitors need to use the electronic catalogs and databases of the library. 
A team of musicologists and librarians is always available to assist visitors in finding information and study material on any musical topic. In special circumstances a visitor may ask for an interview with one of the specialized musicologists of the library. 
Orders for library material are submitted either by handing in a printout of the relevant title(s) of the electronic catalogue, or by filling in a special application form (especially in the case of material which has not yet been catalogued). Material from the magazine is fetched every 30 minutes. Patrons are advised to hand in applications at least 5 minutes before the following times:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, and 16:00
Wednesday: all the above, but also 16:30, 17:00, 17:30, 18:00, and 18:30.
Material stored in the second  department of the library must be ordered 2-3 working days in advance. Please contact the information desk.
Patrons may use no more than 5 items inside the library (books, CD, etc.) at a time, in order to ensure that all can be served. They are entitled to reserve up to 5 items at the information desk for a period not exceeding 3 working days.
Reference works are found in the Reading Room and patrons may consult them without submitting an order form.
Patrons should take care of library material. Patrons who have caused damage to any library material, will be charged the repair costs or the amount needed for the replacement of the item at the current price. Administrative measures may be taken against those who deface library material.
Scores, books, CDs, and all other library materials must be returned to the information desk in exactly the same condition in which they were issued.
Special or rare material may be used for research purposes only and on approval of a special application. Forms are available at the information desk.
Depending on the number of visitors and in view of the fact that its premises are at present restricted, the library may be obliged at certain times to limit the amount of time, during which a patron may use its audio-visual and electronic resources, in order to ensure that all patrons receive fair treatment.
Smoking and the consumption of food and beverages are strictly forbidden.
Cellular phones may under no circumstances be used in the library and must be turned off before entering the library.
A machine is available for self-service photocopying of books or scores in the library. It must be used in accordance with the provisions of the Greek Law on copyright and the protection of literary and artistic property and may not be used for the production of multiple copies of  publications protected under copyright. Prepayment is required by means of cards purchased from the Information Desk. Copies are only made in size A4 and cost 0,06 Euro each.
According to the provisions of the law, reproduction of both brief excerpts of published works and of articles published in newspapers or periodicals is permitted for private use and for research, scientific and educational purposes. Under no circumstances can the part of a work reproduced through photocopying exceed in size 20% of the work’s total length and, in any case, an aggregate of 10 pages of a volume. The same applies to  printouts from the computers and the microfilm/microfiche reader of the library. Only the electronic programs produced by the library form an exception. The law gives the library the right to deny a request for the reproduction of library material, if it does not comply with the provisions of the law or the rules of the library.
The reproduction of sound recordings and audio-visual material of the Library by whatever means is prohibited by the Law.
The use of photographic, cinematographic, video-recording, sound-recording or other reproduction devices is prohibited on library premises without the library’s prior written consent.

For detailed information see the leaflet 'Operation Framework'.

Orientation tours of the library by groups of  staff members for students of conservatories or schools are available. Arrangements must be made in advance.

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