The Rhodes Library Branch has been operating since 1987, along with the establishment of the Aegean University on the island of Rhodes. It is located in the City of Rhodes and housed on the first floor of the "Kleovoulos" building, which was constructed during the Italian occupation like the rest of the buildings used by the University.
It occupies a total area of 454 sq.m. and consists of three main rooms and two offices.
The front main room serves as a reception area and the point of service for users (counter), while open-access and closed bookstacks with the main collection, as well as stands with recent issues of Greek and foreign language journals are being developed and expanded. Six (6) user terminals for searching and storing cabinets, where users can place their personal belongings on entering the branch are also available.
The second main room, which occupies 1/3 of the total area of the Branch, houses the reading hall with fifty six (56) reading seats, while material donated by the former Pedagogical Academy of Rhodes and the collection of books distributed to the students of the School of Humanities through the EUDOXUS programme, under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, can also be found there.
In the third main room the donated back issues of the journals from the "Krikonis" collection are on display.
The two offices are used for the Branch material cataloguing and processing and for exhibiting the printed collection of Gray literature, i.e. undergraduate, graduate and doctoral theses completed at and submitted by the Departments of the University located on Rhodes.
The collection of the Rhodes Library Department consists of 25,000 titles (Greek and foreign) and 150 Greek and foreign journal subscriptions.
It also includes a collection of Gray literature completed at and submitted by the University Departments located on Rhodes, the collection of textbooks distributed to students of the Departments of Rhodes through the EUDOXUS programme, under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, and other special collections, such as reference material (encyclopaedias, dictionaries, guides), faculty course notes, audiovisual material, the former Pedagogical Academy of Rhodes donation, the "Krikonis" donation, etc.
The Library is organized following the international classification and cataloguing standards. In particular, the Library materials are organized using the Dewey Decimal Classification System, the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules 2 (AACR2) and the Library of Congress Subject Headings. The authority control is based on the Library of Congress Name Authorities and the Catalogue of Name Authorities of the National Library of Greece. Searching can be conducted in both the local collection and the unified catalogue of the six (6) regional Library Branches of University of the Aegean. The branch also provides access to a large number of databases and journals.
The collection covers the areas of interest of the Rhodes University Departments, as well as a large number of titles of general interest. The Rhodes Library Branch covers mainly the following scientific areas:
- Borrowing Services (Borrowing, Reservations, Renewals)
- Interlibrary Services (inter-branch and inter-library loans)
- Ordering articles
- Studying on the Library premises
- Reproducing material (books, journals, digital media)
- Management of EUDOXUS Books (borrowing, returning, distributing EUDOXUS textbooks)
- User Support and Train Services
The Rhodes Library Branch supports:
(A) The Departments of:
- Primary Education
- Pre-school Education and Educational Design
- Mediterranean Studies
of the School of Humanities
(B) ten (10) Postgraduate Courses in:
- Sciences of Education - Education using new technologies
- Children’s Books and Educational Material
- Environmental Education
- Gender and New Educational and Work Environments within the Society of Information
- Modeling Design and Development of Educational Units
- New Forms of Education and Learning
- Didactics of Mathematics, Science and I.C.T.: an Interdisciplinary Approach
- Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean: Greece, Egypt, Near East
- Linguistics of the Southeastern Mediterranean
- Governance, Security and Development in Mediterranean
The main purpose of the Branch is to provide the resources for the educational and informational needs of the members of the academic community (undergraduate and postgraduate students, faculty, researchers and administrative staff). The Branch is also open to residents of the island and visitors in general.